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Bell shows off futuristic helicopter concept 18.04.2019

Bell Helicopter has unveiled a stunning, futuristic concept for a new helicopter, the FCX-001, at the annual helicopter industry show, Heli-Expo, being held in Dallas, Texas this week. Features of the concept aircraft include: A new anti-torque system in the tail boom Hybrid propulsion combines advanced thermal engine cores for the main propulsion with, for example, electric distribution and motors to drive the anti-torque system Airframe made from advanced sustainable materials to provide structural performance and offer configurations Landing gear with non-traditional…

Volta to demonstrate all-electric helicopter 18.04.2019

VIDEO An all-electric, single-seat helicopter will give a demonstration flight at the AERO Friedrichshafen General Aviation show in April. The French-designed and built Volta had its first manned flight last December at Castenaudry in south-west France, close to the area known as Aerospace Valley. The flight last 15 minutes (see video). “We are building an all-electric helicopter. The atmospheric pollution is reduced to zero locally. The noise is reduced since there is no internal combustion anymore. And the maintenance cost is highly reduced,…

Diamond: solar, helicopter, factories, bombs and a gold DA50 18.04.2019

No-one gives a press conference quite like Christian Dries, boss and fount of energy and ideas at Diamond Aircraft. He took to the stage at AERO and proceeded to reel off some of the many projects the Austrian company is working on, some progressing well, some taking an unexpected turn and others completely left field. To start, Dries showed an aerial view of Diamond’s HQ at Wiener Neustadt Airport in Austria. “There are a lot of roofs,” he said. Where…

Gazelle helicopter hits the Big 5-0 18.04.2019

The Sud Aviation Gazelle is one of the most iconic, fast, nimble and best-looking helicopters of all time and, amazingly, the design is 50 years old this year. The Gazelle, the world’s first helicopter with a fenestron enclosed tail rotor, made its first flight on 7 April 1967 (pictured above). Sud Aviation became part of Aerospatiale, now in the Airbus Helicopters stable. The Gazelle is still in operation by nearly 100 customers in 34 countries, said Airbus Helicopters. It is…

Guimbal delivers 200th Cabri G2 helicopter 18.04.2019

French company Helicoptères Guimbal has delivered its 200th Cabri G2 two-seat helicopter – to HeliGroup, distributor of the marque in the UK. The UK now has 28 G2s, more than any other country. The 200th helicopter is finished in a British Union Flag colour scheme and was on display at last week’s Aero Expo. It is fitted with the latest Aspen Avionics EFD1000 Evolution glass cockpit with two displays: An Attitude Display Indicator with tape-style Altimeter and Airspeed Indicator. Mechanical…

SureFly electric helicopter at Paris Air Show 18.04.2019

A hybrid-powered ‘helicopter as a car’ will be unveiled at this month’s Paris Air Show (from 19-25 June). It’s called the SureFly and can carry two people. The helicopter is being developed by a US company called Workhorse, which has several electric vehicle projects on the go. Workhorse says the SureFly is a personal helicopter/VTOL aircraft designed for safe and easy flight. It has eight independent motors each driving a single carbon fibre propeller, a back-up battery power system, and…

UK’s Helicopter Museum receives FAI accreditation 18.04.2019

The Helicopter Club of Great Britain has successfully nominated the Helicopter Museum in Weston super Mare to be awarded accreditation to the FAI ‘Recommended venue for education’. The museum was founded by Elfan ap Rees back in the late 1950s with the collection expanding so much that it moved in the current museum in 1978. There are more than 80 exhibits on show as well as restoration programmes, in short it is the latest collection of helicopters in the world…

Bell Helicopter unveils air taxi and drone tech 18.04.2019

Drone technology for helicopter propulsion and an electric air taxi – two initiatives announced by Bell Helicopter in the last week although the US helicopter manufacturer has yet to confirm the two are linked. Bell Helicopter is at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week with a concept of the cabin for an electric flying taxi. It’s a modern, almost futuristic styling exercise bearing a strong resemblance to the FCX-001 Concept Helicopter unveiled in March 2017. The…

Marenco Swisshelicopter rebrands as ‘Kopter’ 18.04.2019

So, Andreas, what shall we change our name to? After all, Marenco Swisshelicopter is a bit of a mouthful, even if it does spell out the company name, where we’re from and what it is? Ah, Cecile, what about something really imaginative, left field, out of the box… what about ‘Kopter’? Ok, so that’s a made-up conversation – so far as we know – but, really, is that the best name some of the brightest minds in Switzerland could come…

Garmin launches new helicopter products at Heli-Expo 18.04.2019

Garmin announced three new products at the HAI Heli-Expo annual helicopter industry show which opened in Las Vegas, USA yesterday (26 February). The new products are a new GFC 600H flight control system, G500H TXi touchscreen displays and G1000H NXi integrated flight deck. GFC 600H flight control system Digital flight control solution to improve stability, efficiency and safety Standalone flight control system has superior integration potential with a variety of Garmin flight displays and navigation sources as well as third-party…

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