Europe's helicopter industry is seeking to establish a research and development program to provide the technology for a European tiltrotor demonstrator. The program is being promoted by top management at Eurocopter, which wants to be in a position to field a viable commercial aircraft if and when warranted by technology and market demand (AW&ST Nov. 9, 1998, p. 38). A primary impetus is development of a commercial tiltrotor--the BA609--by arch-competitor Bell, in cooperation with ...

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