Sheikha Mozah Becomes first Woman to Pilot the AW609 tiltrotor

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 31 May 2022
Sheikha Mozah Becomes first Woman to Pilot the AW609 tiltrotor

Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan Al Maktoum has become the first woman to pilot the AW609 tiltrotor during her visit to the U.S helicopter headquarters of Leonardo, a global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, located in Philadelphia.

Sheikha Mozah said: “I’m thrilled to be the first female pilot to test this revolutionary aircraft. It was not only a personal milestone but an opportunity to shatter another glass ceiling for women. I always push myself beyond my limits to prove that if I can do it, it is also within the reach of anyone else who is determined enough to try.”

“Piloting the AW609 has been something I’ve truly wanted to experience since I first saw the early prototype images. It is the natural evolution of my piloting experience, merging both fixed and rotary-winged piloting skills. Aircrafts like the AW609 tiltrotor make me feel really excited about the future of aviation, a future now open to more women who chose this industry,” she added.

The AW609 is one of the most significant technological innovations in the civil aviation landscape, melding the helicopter’s operational versatility (taking off and landing vertically) and the airplane’s performance advantages (pressurised cabin, speed, altitude and endurance abilities).

The aircraft is able to operate different kind of missions, including VIP transport, emergency medical service, search and rescue, and government applications.

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