Sheikha Mozah Bint Marwan Al Maktoum flew the AW609 tiltrotor during a visit to the Leonardo US helicopter headquarters in Philadelphia, creating a significant new milestone for female pilots in civil aviation.
‘I’m thrilled to be the first female pilot to test this ground-breaking aircraft,’ she exclaimed. Not only is this a personal achievement, but it also presents a chance for women to break through yet another glass ceiling. To show that if I can do it, anyone else who is willful enough to try can also, I always push myself even beyond my limits.
Her Highness had the honour of testing the ground-breaking AW609, the first tiltrotor system to be certified for use in civil aviation, at Leonardo.
“Ever since I first saw the early prototype images, flying the AW609 has been at the top of my bucket list. Combining my fixed-wing and rotary-wing piloting abilities is the logical next step in the evolution of my flying experience. I still have to pinch myself for getting this chance! This aircraft and others like it give me a lot of hope for the future of aviation, which is now more accessible to women who choose this line of work.
One of the most important technological advancements in civil aviation is the AW609. It combines the operational versatility of vertical takeoff and landing with the performance advantages of a pressurized cabin, speed, altitude, and endurance, creating new and exciting opportunities for passenger transport and public service.