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Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

After opening the frontiers of flight during a record-setting test program, Airbus Helicopters’ X3 is now ready for its place in history as this high-speed helicopter demonstrator is welcomed for display at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) of Paris-Le Bourget. The X3 will be exhibited in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-14

Why is the X3’s speed an unofficial record?

Why is the X3’s speed an unofficial record?

Here in the HeliHub.com office, we’ve been wondering how Eurocopter have decided that the X3 speed is an “unofficial speed record”. What are they measuring it against? Who have they beaten? What makes it a record? The Eurocopter X3 is a hybrid aircraft which has vertical lift and hover capability, but features two massive tractor… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-13

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Turbomeca claims share of Eurocopter X3 speed record

Turbomeca claims share of Eurocopter X3 speed record

Following the Eurocopter publication, the Rolls-Royce Turbomeca joint-venture is pleased to announce that the RTM322 engine has contributed to aviation history in achieving a speed record of 255 knots during level flight, on the Eurocopter twin-engine X3 hybrid helicopter. The RTM322, a state-of-the-art design & architecture engine family combines power and growth potential. The RTM322 01/9a variant powering the… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 13-Jun-13

Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid achieves 255 knots in level flight

Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid achieves 255 knots in level flight

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots (472 km/hr) in level flight on June 7. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots (487 km/hr) during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 11-Jun-13

China studies “Avant-Courier” speed helicopter concept

China studies “Avant-Courier” speed helicopter concept

With Sikorsky putting lots of research money into the X2 and it’s follow-up S-97 Raider, and Eurocopter widely broadcasting its X3 concept, it was only a matter of time before China followed suit. A concept model has been shown for the first time at the Zhuhai Air Show, which opened this morning.  The fuselage of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Nov-12

Eurocopter to lead European compound rotorcraft demonstration project

Eurocopter to lead European compound rotorcraft demonstration project

Eurocopter is to lead the project defining a large-scale compound demonstrator through a multinational European program, applying the expertise gained from the company’s highly successful X3 hybrid demonstrator and its track record of helicopter innovation in integrated systems, flight controls and aerodynamics. This new activity will be conducted in the framework of Europe’s proposed Clean… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 13-Sep-12

Eurocopter kicks off the ILA Berlin Air Show

Eurocopter kicks off the ILA Berlin Air Show

Eurocopter will present its latest civil and military helicopters at the 2012 ILA Berlin Air Show, including the X3 high-speed hybrid demonstrator, the newly-developed EC145 T2, and the enhanced CH-53GA for the German Army – all of which underscore the company’s technological leadership and the capability to meet quality and performance demands of international customers…. Read more »

11-Sep-12

Eurocopter to show special forces EC145T2 mockup at ILA Berlin 2012

Eurocopter to show special forces EC145T2 mockup at ILA Berlin 2012

EADS and its Divisions – Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – will present a broad selection of cutting-edge products, technologies and services at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012, which takes place 11-16 September 2012. Eurocopter will have an extensive showing including AS350B3e, EC635, EC145T2 mock up as a special forces carrier, Tiger UHT (German… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Sep-12

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Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter completes US tour

Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter completes US tour

Eurocopter has completed its highly successful seven-week X3 demonstration tour in the United States, enabling a full range of civil and military operators to witness – and experience – the revolutionary flight characteristics of this high-speed, long-range hybrid helicopter. The X3 returned this week to its home base at the Istres Flight Test Center in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 03-Aug-12

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X3 arrives in Washington for final leg of US tour

X3 arrives in Washington for final leg of US tour

Eurocopter continues its U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Manassas, Va. where the aircraft performed a flight demonstration for dignitaries, local elected officials, company employees and the news media. The Washington, D.C., metro area is the final leg of flight demonstrations for civil and military customers across the country. The tour… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 25-Jul-12

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Eurocopter X3 tour reaches Alabama

Eurocopter X3 tour reaches Alabama

Eurocopter continues its U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter today in Huntsville, Ala., where the aircraft will perform the first of several flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in several locations across the country. The X3 will demonstrate its unique flight characteristics, which include a cruise speed of 200 knots, high rates… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 03-Jul-12

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Eurocopter X3 begins US tour in Texas

Eurocopter X3 begins US tour in Texas

Eurocopter today began the U.S. tour of its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter, which will demonstrate the unique operational capabilities of this advanced transportation system during a month of visits to military facilities and hub locations for civil helicopter operators. The tour was initiated with a debut X3 flight presentation at the Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Jun-12

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Eurocopter’s X3 lands in the US

Eurocopter’s X3 lands in the US

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid aircraft has arrived in the United States for a month-long tour to demonstrate this advanced high-speed transportation system’s unique operational capabilities for both civil and military operators. Transported aboard a chartered cargo jetliner, the X3 touched down in Texas today to complete its trans-Atlantic crossing from France’s Istres Flight Test Center…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Jun-12

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Eurocopter X3 US launch event set for 20th June

Eurocopter X3 US launch event set for 20th June

On June 20, the X3 will be kicking off its U.S. tour with a special event and flight display at the American Eurocopter facilities in Grand Prairie in Texas. The event will include politicians, dignitaries and celebrities.  Dr. Lutz Bertling will present the X3.  No details have been provided at this time of the dates… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-12

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Eurocopter taking X3 demonstrator to Texas in June

Eurocopter taking X3 demonstrator to Texas in June

Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling announced the tour, expected to begin about June 20 in Grand Prairie, at the American Helicopter Society’s annual meeting in Fort Worth on Tuesday.  (see full story)

Source: SkyTalk, 02-May-12

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Eurocopter eyes speed record as it resumes X3 test flights

Eurocopter eyes speed record as it resumes X3 test flights

Eurocopter will resume test flights of its X3 high speed technology demonstrator next month as it advances the concept towards a potential launch. (see full story)

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jan-12

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EADS gears up: Business Highlights 2011

EADS gears up: Business Highlights 2011

EADS turned 2011 into a year of growth and remarkably improved performance: The Group reached a record order intake thanks to the strong commercial aircraft momentum – particularly due to the A320neo’s astounding market reception – and solid performance in Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter. At a joint New Year’s press conference with Airbus, EADS CEO… Read more »

Source: EADS, 18-Jan-12

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Eurocopter X3 achieves 232 knots in level flight

Eurocopter X3 achieves 232 knots in level flight

Eurocopter’s X3 hybrid helicopter demonstrator has delivered on the promise of pushing the frontiers in rotary-wing aviation by surpassing its original speed target of 220 kts. demonstrating the compound aircraft’s performance, capabilities and maturity. The X3’s speed milestone was reached on May 12 during stable, level flight – with the hybrid demonstrator maintaining a true… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-May-11

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Eurocopter X3 achieves 180 knots ahead of schedule

Eurocopter X3 achieves 180 knots ahead of schedule

Marignane, December 9, 2010 – Step 1 speed objective of 180 kts is attained ahead of schedule for this innovative rotary-wing aircraft. Eurocopter’s X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator, which performed its maiden flight on September 6, 2010, has reached on November 29th the program’s Step 1 speed objective: attaining a true airspeed of 180 kts… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 10-Dec-10

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