Eurocopter X3 begins US tour
Eurocopter has begun the US
tour of its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter.
The tour started at the
American Eurocopter facility at Grand Prairie in
was attended by employees, elected officials, customers and industry partners.
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
The X3 will
fly to Redstone Army Arsenal Airfield in Alabama;
Simmons Army Airfield in North Carolina; Virginia’s Manassas
and military installations in the Washington
area over the next month.