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Video: Using Model-Based Design, Bell Helicopter Creates the World's First Civilian Tiltrotor

"As an aerospace engineer you rarely get to take an idea from a blank sheet of paper to a completed, flying aircraft," says Tom Brooks, Principal Engineer at Bell Helicopter Textron. Brooks and his colleagues were presented with that opportunity when they designed and built the BA609, the first and fastest commercially available tiltrotor aircraft in the world.

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Challenge

Build the world's first civilian tiltrotor

Solution

Use simulation and automatic code generation for iterative design and development, and rapid prototyping

Results

  • Entire system designed and behavior validated before flight tests
  • 1,000 hours of piloted testing by simulation and HIL
  • Flawless first flight

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