X2 Moves to Florida for More Tests

By Staff Writer | August 6, 2009
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Sikorsky’s X2 Technology demonstrator has relocated to the company’s facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. in preparation for additional flight tests. Sikorsky has housed the experimental helicopter prototype at its Horseheads, N.Y. complex for the past three years. Jim Kagdis, program manager for Sikorsky Advanced Programs, notes that the move to Florida “signifies a major turning point, as we have officially concluded Phase One testing.” He adds that the checks will involve validating key performance measures, including high speed and low noise and vibration, as well as pilot workload. The X2 Technology demonstrator is designed to cruise at a speed of 250 knots.
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