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Eurocopter Tests Hybrid Helicopter

By Staff Writer | November 1, 2011
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Eurocopter’s hybrid is a version of the AS350 with a supplemental electrical system. Eurocopter

Eurocopter has conducted airborne testing of a hybrid helicopter that uses a turboshaft internal combustion engine with an electric motor and lithium ion polymer battery. The hybrid is a production version of the AS350 with a supplemental electric system. According to Eurocopter, the electrical systems and motor increase the pilot’s maneuverability during descent and autorotation by delivering power from the motor.


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