I am posting this one for the same reason I posted Sikorskies X2. Namely that both platforms could fill a huge hole in our military and civilian aviation sectors.

They will allow for fast midrange transport without the need for a landing runway and associated airfield.

Take a look:

http://www.eurocopter.com/site/en/ref/Videos_1101.html

Both companies have working prototypes of small helicopters.

I do not foresee a true impact until they start building medium and large sized models. The small ones will only be good for combat attack helicopters and search and rescue.  Once the mid-sized ones come online they will fill the roll the H-60 fills for the military right now as the platform that can be configured to just about any role. Except of course these will be much faster and have much better range.

The traditional shortcomings of helicopters……

Update: 5/18/11: Aircraft breaks 253MPH:

http://www.gizmag.com/eurocopter-x3-hybrid-helicopter-232-knots/18669/

-Tech Dennis

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