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Bell patents reveal split-tip rotor blades and tail rotor replacement

Future Bell helicopter designs could come with split-tip main rotor blades and anti-torque control provided by a cross-flow fan embedded in the tail boom, rather than a traditional tail rotor, if two recent patents are used.

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Airbus Helicopters touts safety benefits of rotor blade measurement research

Airbus Helicopters is hailing the success of a research project that has enabled for the first time the manufacturer to gather data on the stresses experienced by main rotor blades while they are in motion.



Leonardo Helicopters spins up delivery solution to beat Covid-19 travel bans

Leonardo Helicopters is turning to technology to enable customer shipments despite the travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus crisis which have caused a build-up of completed but undelivered aircraft at its prodution sites.



Leonardo finances hit by airline crisis after strong start to year

Italian group suspends 2020 guidance as commercial market collapse throws outlook into uncertainty

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