Bell Reveals Revolutionary Technology: Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque

On Feb.19, 2020, Vertical Magazine shared the story of our latest innovation, electrically distributed anti-torque (EDAT) with the world. “Bell has revealed a groundbreaking new electric anti-torque system in development for its commercial helicopter line, one that promises enhancements to safety and operating cost, as well as a reduction in noise compared to an aircraft with a conventional tail rotor.”

Since then, our EDAT innovation has continued to garner interest as the first technology of its kind in the rotorcraft world. Offering immense benefits to vertical lift operations, the innovation redefines norms for aircraft noise output, safety and electrical distribution.

Our teams are proud to be the first to develop and pursue flight testing for this type of technology, an effort recognized by Aviation Week. “Although the rotorcraft industry has been exploring the potential of electric anti-torque systems, Bell’s EDAT is the first to make it to flight, with testing beginning in full public gaze—but seemingly unnoticed—last May.” We can’t wait to explore new opportunities for EDAT and see how this technology will benefit our customers, our partners and the public.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

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