conducted the initial flight of the EC175 yesterday from its facility in Marignane, France. Experimental test pilot Alain Di Bianca and flight test engineers Michel Oswald and Patrick Bremont took the helicopter up for the first time during a launch ceremony on Thursday. The EC175 is being developed and built in partnership with China Aeronautics Industries Group Corp. (AVIC). Certification is projected for 2011, with first deliveries scheduled to start in 2012.
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