Eurocopter X3 begins US tour

Eurocopter X3Eurocopter has begun the US
tour of its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter.

The tour started at the
American Eurocopter facility at Grand Prairie in
Texas, which
was attended by employees, elected officials, customers and industry partners.

American Eurocopter
organised a small fly-in with other Eurocopter helicopters, from the early
Alouette and BO105 to the UH-72A Lakota for the US Army, the US Coast Guard’s
MH-65C Dolphin, as well as the EC225, AS350 and EC145, which are used in
civilian operations, law enforcement, medical airlift and parapublic missions.

“We have a very ambitious
innovation strategy leading to the first flight of a new helicopter, a new
version or a new technology demonstrator every year. Innovation is not just a
buzzword, it’s a way of life at Eurocopter,” explained president and chief
executive officer Lutz Bertling. “With the ingenious design and unparalleled
technology of our X3 demonstrator, we are well positioned to bring
this type of helicopter to the market in the next 10 years.”

Some guest pilots were
invited to fly aboard the X3 during the day, an opportunity that
was repeated during multiple demonstrations organised by American
Eurocopter at Grand Prairie
with the oil and gas, public services, law enforcement and medical airlift
sectors.

The X3 will
fly to Redstone Army Arsenal Airfield in Alabama;
Fort Bragg’s
Simmons Army Airfield in North Carolina; Virginia’s Manassas
Regional Airport
and military installations in the Washington
area over the next month.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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