PHOTO CAPTION: AgustaWestland Project Zero Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

AgustaWestland Flies First Electric Tiltrotor Aircraft

Unlike the V-22 Osprey and AW609, the all-electric Project Zero aircraft uses pair of rotors embedded in its wings.

Published: 06-Mar-2013

European helicopter maker AgustaWestland has unveiled the world’s first electric tilt-rotor aircraft and says it has already made several flights.

Like the more famous Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, the new electric aircraft can take off and land like a helicopter, but fly like an airplane. It’s called Project Zero, and it follows AgustaWestland’s belief that tilt rotor technology is the best layout for the future of fast vertical lift aircraft.

“We strongly believe in the tilt rotor concept as the future of high speed rotorcraft flight,” said Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland. “It offers much greater speed and range than compound helicopter technology.”


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