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Appearing at Bell’s booth both in the form of a full-scale mockup and in virtual reality through the use of immersive headsets, the medium twin-engine aircraft incorporates some technologies currently in development at Bell and likely to mature in the near future, as well as those that are a bit more ambitious in their reach — as evidenced in a cockpit that is entirely free of physical controls.
Notable elements in the FCX-001’s design include a fan-driven anti-torque system, hybridized propulsion, morphing main rotor blade tips, an extensive use of glass in the fuselage, gull-wing doors, and the use of augmented reality in the cockpit to control the aircraft.
In a new, radical departure, the cockpit has no physical controls installed. Instead, the pilot will use an augmented reality concept that will allow him to customize his cockpit, while not obstructing his view in any way.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: Zaphod58
I may not be understanding, but with no physical controls, does that imply no mechanical last ditch efforts will be possible?
Im not a pilot, but wonder what you as a pilot think about augmented reality conteols?
FORT WORTH—Bell Helicopter’s FC-X mockup concept demonstrator is proving to be more than just a talking point.
The company’s innovations team in Fort Worth is preparing to demonstrate a full-scale Bell 407/429-class cross-flow fan anti-torque system and hopes to switch it on this summer.
A thrust-vectoring electric-driven fan embedded in the tail boom could someday replace traditional tail rotors on certain commercial and military helicopters, providing greater lateral and pitch control as well as improved safety and lower noise emissions.