Sikorsky’s Pino: Minor Hurdles to X-2 First Flight

By James T. McKenna | January 15, 2008

Minor problems stand in the way of the first flight of Sikorsky Aircraft's X-2 Technology. That according to Sikorsky President Jeff Pino, who spoke with Rotor & Wing during last week's Assn of the U.S. Army aviation symposium near Washington. Nothing in the test program to date has raised questions about the company's design for the aircraft, which is intended to prove that an aircraft with true helicopter capabilities can cruise above 200 kt, he said. Instead, issues with actuators and the aircraft's gearbox must be resolved. The aircraft's power system has been run to 85 percent, Pino said. The very rigid main rotor had yet to be run on the prototype as of late last week. The company now aims to fly the X-2, being built at the HawkWorks research center at subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft in Horseheads, N.Y., in the first quarter. Pino said the team's marching orders are, "Fly when you're ready." For related news


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