Europe’s Clean Sky research program could give birth to a diesel-powered helicopter prototype, with an ambitious target of first flight by mid-2011. The Green Rotorcraft program is one of the cornerstones of the €1.6-billion ($2.08-billion), seven-year spending plan undertaken jointly by the European Union and the aeronautics industry to reduce the environmental footprint of air transport. The €160 million allocated to the program is slated to go to rotorcraft research that will address ...

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