Avionics integration promises to be one of the biggest hurdles in the next few months as Eurocopter and its Chinese partners try to achieve first flight on their EC175 helicopter venture in late 2009. Major supplier selections are now being wrapped up for the 16-passenger rotorcraft, and all major long-lead items are in production. Joseph Saporito, head of commercial programs at Eurocopter, says the EC175 project is on schedule, and the structural work being performed by the Chinese ...


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