11-Nov-2011 Source: Youngcopter
On October 31, 2011, NEO left the ground taking off to its first test flight at Mainz Airfield, Germany. After more than ten years of development a dream became reality. With this first flight we have reached the most significant milestone and our NEO project is now entering a new phase.
Watch our first flight video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmJFPC7Xm2E
As part of the certification program Neo now has to fulfill numerous tests on the ground and in the air. We are recieving a lot of inquiries and currently expect the start of a kit production in 2013 at the earliest.
The first flight and the subsequent second flight were used to qualitatively assess stability and control properties of the helicopter. As expected, the rotor is very responsive and also for yaw control the Jet Control System (JCS) requires small inputs only.