The Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor still hasn’t made its first public flight. But the Future Vertical Lift prototype program is progressing. It recently achieved controlled conversion from 95- to 75-deg pylon and back. (Video courtesy of Bell Helicopter.)
According to Bell, the aircraft will continue ground-run testing at the manufacturer’s Amarillo, Texas, assembly center. It is set to undergo a series of functional tests, running all aircraft systems and flight controls, in preparation for first flight. That first flight is still scheduled to happen before the end of the year.