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Tier 1 Engineering has announced that it has set a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance traveled by an electric helicopter.
The battery-powered manned helicopter achieved a record 30-nautical-mile flight to 800 feet altitude with an average speed of 80 knots on Dec. 7.
The helicopter was a modified Robinson R44 test piloted by Captain Ric Webb of OC Helicopters.
All flights were accomplished at the Los Alamitos Army Airfield under a special airworthiness certificate in the experimental category issued by the FAA’s Los Angeles MIDO.
Tier 1 Engineering accomplished the project under contract from Lung Biotechnology PBC to produce an electrically-powered semi-autonomous rotorcraft for organ delivery.