If it seems like helicopter design hasn’t changed much over the past few decades, that’s not an accident.
Helicopters are very complex machines that require specific learned skills to pilot and maintain, let alone build. Once a basic design that worked came along, there has been little incentive to stray from it.
But now Bell Helicopter seems to be creating winds of change. Over the past six months, their team of engineers and designers has been working on a conceptual design for the company’s Bell FCX-001 model, which uses emerging technology to simplify basic operation and maximize passenger comfort.