First ever civilian helicopter-plane hybrid is coming next year

| April 15, 2019

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They're called tilt-rotor aircraft.They hover like helicopters but they fly faster and farther  like airplanes. The military has flown them for years. Now for the first time  a production model is on track to be approved for civilian roles such as emergency medivac flights, search-and-rescue operations and executive travel. Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly has said he wants one. An executive like Bloomberg could board a tilt-rotor near his home and fly at speeds higher than 300 mph to a meeting a thousand miles away. About three hours later, it could land on a helipad at the meeting location. No airports required. Tilt-rotors could also save precious time in the organ donation process. For example, they could pick up a donor heart from a hospital helipad and quickly fly it directly to another hospital more than 1,000 miles away, avoiding airports altogether. Search and rescue: A low-flying search plane can spot people on the ground, but those people must then wait for a chopper to transport them to safety. A til-rotor aircraft could save time and, potentially, lives by doing both: flying long-distance search grids and then hovering and hoisting people up from the ground.

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