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HOVERING AMBITION - A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO THE FUTURE OF THE HELICOPTER

October 20, 2020 | (18:00-19:00)
UK (United Kingdom)
SHARESHARESHARE
The idea of rotary winged flying devices dates back over two thousand years with the early Chinese TOP, a toy consisting of a propeller joined to a stick. In the 15th Century, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched the first rotary winged aircraft. In 1923, Juan de La Cierva piloted the first autogyro, however, it wasn’t until 1939 when Igor Sigorsky piloted the first practical helicopter.
With numerous advances since then, from the development of new anti-torque systems such as the NOTAR (NO TAil Rotor), to completely novel aircraft such as the tilt rotor, what is next for rotorcraft? How will future aircraft adapt to growing environmental and economic pressures? Is there even a need for future manned rotary aircraft? How will the electric revolution change rotorcraft design? What benefits will greater autonomy bring?