Today: 15th July 09 Mosquito - The Ultimate Ultralight Helicopter (Part 1) Is it possible? A helicopter for $30,000 that drinks the same fuel as a light aircraft? The rules say helicopters are expensive but this helicopter breaks all those rules. Is the dream of flying like a bird finally here? Coming soon - Pooley's AirDay FullFlap.TV – Private, Commercial, Fun - Monday, Wednesday and Friday Aviation TV for the new era of flying.
European group Eurocopter showed off a revolutionary winged helicopter on Monday, in a bid to counter U.S. rival Sikorsky's efforts to break the speed barrier by rewriting rotor-craft design rules. The X3 hybrid heli-craft which combines forward facing propellers astride two short aircraft wings with the familiar overhead rotor blades seen on any normal helicopter was unveiled following months of secrecy. The half-plane, half-helicopter design aims to overcome chronic obstacles to high-speed helicopter flight by combining the advantages of fixed-wing aircraft with those of a standard helicopter allowing it to fly at 220 knots or 400 km/hour. The move by the world's largest civil helicopter maker came less than two weeks after United Technologies unit Sikorsky claimed an unofficial speed record of 250 knots (460 km/hour) with its own avant-garde prototype called X2.