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JSC Motor Sich Plans for MSB-2 Nadiya Certification

JSC Motor Sich Plans for MSB-2 Nadiya Certification

JSC Motor Sich has already completed a prototype as well as test flights for their new MSB-2 Nadiya light civil helicopter and are planning on completing certification in 2018. The helicopter can fit up to seven people and fly up to 1,000km, reports Kyiv Post.

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Apr-18

Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Early Development for New Bell Helicopter

Bell are in early development stages for their new civil helicopter. It is currently in the pre-launch stage, with little information regarding what it looks like being known. Chief executive, Mitch Snyder has commented that they do not want to “reveal it until it achieves what we want it to achieve,” reports Flight Global.

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-18

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2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

2019 Test Flight for Russian Helicopters Prototype

Russian Helicopters has been working on a new high-speed combat helicopter and have confirmed times for its first test flight. They predict that the prototype will be ready for its debut flight in 2019, reports TASS. The helicopter will be able to reach speeds of 400 km/h.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Feb-18

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov developing 500 kph coaxial military helicopter

Kamov is currently developing a new coaxial helicopter. They have already determined that a monoaxial helicopter can reach 450 km/h but that seems to be its limit. To test the coaxial helicopter, they have created a “flying laboratory” to test the prototypes, reports Defence World.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-17

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell to fly V-280 Valor Tilt-Rotor in September

Bell’s new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor prototype is 95% complete and the company expects its first flight to be in September. The prototype was made for the US Army’s joint-multirole demonstrator programme, reports Star Telegram. The V-280 differs from the V-22 tilt-rotor, as the company decided to take the “lessons learned” from the V-22 and applied… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-17

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

Leonardo AW609 programme moves forward

The AW609 TiltRotor programme is expected to start icing trials soon following recent ground and flight testing activities. These advances have been made in support of FAA certification, which remains on track for 2018. The third prototype, based at Leonardo’s facility in Philadelphia, performed several weeks of unrestrained ground testing and, more recently, flight trials… Read more »

Source: Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Certification Deferral for Bell 525 Relentless

Last year Bell grounded its two 525 Relentless prototypes, after the fatal crash of their third prototype on July 6 that killed both test pilots. They have now confirmed that due to this, certification for the 525s have been delayed. The two prototypes have been under a US National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation since… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Airbus to Test Unmanned Taxi Prototype

Last year, Airbus disclosed that they hope to create a “self-flying taxi.” They have worked towards this goal and hope to test flight their first prototype of a single-person craft by the end of 2017. These independent taxis will be called CityAirbus, and will be accessible through an app on any smartphone, similar to Uber…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-17

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Bell to Certify 525 Relentless

Bell to Certify 525 Relentless

Bell will be using four test aircrafts in order to certify the 525 Relentless. The program had been on a hold since July 6, when the first prototype crashed, killing both test pilots. Bell has been working tirelessly on modifying the test aircrafts, to ensure that it meets certification levels from Canada, Europe and the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-16

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Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky contracted for four CH-53K prototypes at $435M

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., is being awarded a $435,315,279 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-06-C-0081) to procure four CH-53K System Demonstration Test Article aircraft. Work will be performed in Stratford, Conn. (17 percent); West Palm Beach, Fla. (17 percent); Wichita, Kan.(15 percent); Salt Lake City, Utah (10 percent); St. Louis, Mo. (4… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-May-13

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Aurora wins design and fabrication contract for S-97 Raider prototypes

Aurora wins design and fabrication contract for S-97 Raider prototypes

Aurora Flight Sciences announced that it has been selected by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation to design and build prototype airframes as part of the S-97 RAIDERâ„¢ program. Aurora’s design and manufacturing role will take place over the next several years. Applying Sikorsky structural design methodologies, Aurora engineers will design the airframe to meet challenging weight, strength,… Read more »

Source: Aurora Flight Sciences, 05-Apr-11

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