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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.
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 »
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 »
Leonardo Group, 10-Feb-17
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 »
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 »
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 »