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VIDEO: Eurocopter X3 helicopter presentation

Added on 16 June 2011 by Tim Robinson

On 15 June at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Future of Rotorcraft’ conference was a technical presentation on Eurocopter’s exciting new high-speed compound helicopter demonstrator - the X3 (pronounced ‘X-cubed’ rather than ‘X-three’).

Given by Jean-Michel Billig, executive vp, Research & Development, Eurocopter, it is a fascinating briefing, in two parts on video.

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VIDEO: Captain Frank Santoni - Chief Test Pilot, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Added on 11 February 2011 by Tim Robinson

On 1 February the Flight Test Group Evening Lecture was given by Captain Frank Santoni - Chief Test Pilot, Commercial Airplanes, Boeing on the 787 and 747-8. A former naval aviator, Captain Santoni now heads the civil aircraft test pilot group at Boeing and, as was described in his introduction during the lecture, “is rated to fly anything with a 7 on the end of it.”

We took the opportunity to ask Captain Santoni about the 787 test schedule, his day-to-day job and the challenges of glass cockpit airliners.

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