#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……


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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