Hybrid system would improve autorotation safety and could increase payload capabilities.
Fixed engines, V-tails and distributed flight control systems will feature in Leonardo’s tiltrotor tech demonstrator.
Certification program steps up as Bell 525s go north for cold-weather testing.
Aerion sees low noise and emissions as key to the return of supersonic air transport.
Safety improvements are also leading to benefits in daily operations.
With orders and deliveries on the up, helicopter OEMs are hoping the worst of the downturn is over.
Orders from China could prove to be a savior in depleted helicopter market. Photo: Anthony Pecchi/Airbus Helicopters
New sensors and data processing could provide additional early warning of degradation in the moving elements of helicopter transmissions.
Kopter already has two years of production slots filled and holds 120 letters of intent.
Substantial progress is being made in using fly-by-wire controls to mitigate issues that caused a 2016 accident.