Eurocopter calls for X4 aid as demand for light helicopters slumps

Eurocoptermay have to radically alter the design of its proposed X4 civilhelicopter – potentially limiting use of green technologies – if theFrench government denies an application for financial support, chiefexecutive Lutz Bertling has warned.

Whileconfirming that Eurocopter will develop a new Dauphin family ofrotorcraft regardless of the French authorities’ decision, Bertlingsays that without co-investment the X4 would have to be “a totallydifferent aircraft” from that envisaged, with the EADS-owned manufacturer unprepared to bear the full risk associated with planned innovations. Read more…

Eurocopter Jan 2010.jpg(Photo: Patrick Penna/Eurocopter)

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3 Responses to Eurocopter calls for X4 aid as demand for light helicopters slumps

  1. Stirring Rod 31 January, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Why is it that only Eurocopter knows how to make a good-looking helicopter? I almost want to pin this picture up in the men’s room.

  2. puppethead 1 February, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    The A109 is very pretty too!

  3. RIco Gissel 18 January, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Put a Fenetron-tail on any helicopter and it immediately looks 10 times better!

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