As plans for the certification of the first commercial tiltrotor seem to be keeping to their end-of-year target, Leonardo is beginning to gear up its industrialization and training plans for the high-speed rotorcraft. Sixteen years have passed since the first prototype took to the air on March 6, 2003, and the tiltrotor’s tortured path to service has seen the project change hands and claim the lives of two test pilots. Under current plans laid out by CEO Gian Piero Cutillo in 2017, ...

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