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Heli-Power 2011: Eurocopter autorotation system may bring environmental benefits

21st October 2011 - 11:55 GMT | by Tony Osborne

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A Eurocopter programme to improve the safety of single-engine helicopters may also bring benefits in the search for environmentally-friendly rotorcraft.

Eurocopter revealed the previously secret project on 4 October when it announced that Eurocopter test pilots had been flying an AS350 fitted with a supplemental electric motor, which would deliver power to the aircraft in the event of an engine failure, allowing a more manageable auto-rotation landing.

Jean-Michel Billig, EVP of Engineering at Eurocopter, told Shephard at Heli-Power 2011, held at Farnborough that the programme had been carried out in secrecy since September 2010 with the first flights of the

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Tony Osborne

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Tony Osborne


Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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