Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems.
The V-280 prototype aircraft has achieved ground run testing at 100% rotor RPM, the company announced on 11 October at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exposition.
All of the aircraft’s major components and systems “performed as expected” during the major full-run test, Coffman said.
The aircraft will continue ground run testing at the Bell Helicopter’s Amarillo Assembly Center where it will undergo a series of functional tests, running all aircraft systems and flight controls in preparation for the first flight.
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