FUTURE IS VTOL; BUT HOW TO GET THERE?

Posted by: Rotor & Wing           By: Andrew Drwiega

The world’s leading helicopter designers and manufacturers need to radically change their products to incorporate more speed, greater range, bigger payloads, better reliability and reduced operating costs. This is a message that Philip Dunford, VP and COO for Boeing Mobility Systems, says he has been preaching “for the last seven years” and he is still doing so today although now it seems, to the converted. While there is nothing inherently new in the capability wish-list, the trend until recently has been to expand existing product ranges or refine the performance of individual models within the accepted norms of traditional helicopter operations. “Performance and capability has not changed over the last 30 years—and it needs to,” says Dunford. Read Full Article Here

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