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Lab tests for V-280 on track

23rd November 2016 - 11:04 GMT | by Helen Haxell in London

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The Bell V-280 Valor is on track for its first flight in September 2017 aided by recent successful testing in the company's laboratory of the aircraft's fly-by-wire flight control system.

The mid-sized Capability Set 3 requirements for the US Army's Future Vertical Lift programme is currently being investigated under the Joint Multi-Role technology demonstration programme by Bell and Boeing-Sikorsky with their SB>1 Defiant.

‘The flight control computers are in our lab under test,’ Vince Tobin, VP of advanced tiltrotor systems at Bell Helicopter told Shephard. 

‘So this is not something of the future, it’s here now. There’s no mechanical

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Helen Haxell was Air Editor at Shephard Media, having joined in February 2016 as Editor …

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