AgustaWestland Awarded Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy


In a ceremony at the AHS International annual forum, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, was awarded the Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy. The award was made to AgustaWestland as recognition to the company that designed and manufactured a pure helicopter which established an official world speed record during the preceding calendar year in the class E-1 categories according to the rules of the Federation Aeronautique International.

On August 18, 2008, a factory standard AgustaWestland Grand helicopter, flown by pilots Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik, set a new world speed record for circling the globe in only 11 days and seven hours. This extraordinary feat broke the previous 1996 record by almost 6 days and was validated by both the National Aeronautic Association and the Federation Aeronautique International.

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