LONDON — Eurocopter has begun proving trials of its EC145 twin-engined helicopter with an optionally piloted flight control system. The self-funded demonstration program, revealed April 25, made its first flights in early April and has already carried underslung loads and performed what the company calls a “representative observation mission.” The Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) flight capability was developed and coordinated by a team at the company’s Donauworth, Germany, facility. ...


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