Mirabel, Quebec: Bell's Electrically-Powered Tail Rotor Tech Breaks Cover And It Could Be A Game-Changer
flight testing has been taking place at Bell's facility in Mirabel, Quebec.
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February 21, 2020 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK for thedrive.com
- Flight testing has been taking place at Bell's facility in Mirabel, Quebec.
Bell has been quietly flight testing a modified Model 429 helicopter with a new all-electric tail rotor configuration in Canada for months.
This Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque system, or EDAT, offers improved efficiency and reliability, as well as a reduced acoustic signature and lower maintenance costs compared to traditional tail rotors.
The Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered helicopter maker brought its EDAT work to the public's attention when it posted a video montage of the experimental Model 429 on its social media channels on Feb. 20, 2020.
However, the video's caption says that this particular helicopter made its first flight on May 23, 2019.
The flight testing has been taking place at Bell's facility in Mirabel, Quebec. (following below video)