#HE11: Eurocopter suprise – Pay no attention to the men behind the curtain…

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A big blue curtain centred on the Eurocopter stand here at Heli-Expo 2011 in Orlando proved to be too tempting for exhibition workers and some otherwise unauthorized gawkers, including yours truly.

After several people pushed back the curtain to have a look at Eurocopter’s newest surprise, which may or may not be the new X4, a worker inside the curtain grumbled that someone needed to stand guard out front to shue away pesky onlookers.

I personally didn’t get a look, though the outline of a helicopter inside looking similar to an EC145 from the front.

Across the hall, Bell Helicopters prepared its own unveiling, which may or may not be a new family member in the Bell 429 clan.

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Other items of interest in my unauthorized Saturday walkthru include a new six-seat Swiss-made helicopter (the first ever Swiss-made helicopter, according to the company’s web site).

Here’s the SKYe SH 09 by Swiss airframer Marenco……

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Also on static display in the hall is Sikorsky’s tried and true X2 demonstrator, which achieved its 250kt level flight speed objective (and more) in 2010.

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