At 11,000 pounds mtow, the 8 -place S-97 will be around two times heavier than the X2. The 1st of two S-97 prototypes is now being assembled at the company’s Innovations facility situated West Palm Beach, Florida. This is where an almost complete fuselage had been shown to some journalists recently. The power-on tests are slated to begin by the end of June and the rotor & pusher propeller systems will start ground-testing this fall. The projection is that this aircraft’s first flight will take place by the end of 2014.