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  • A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing

    A³ Vahana eVTOL Tiltwing

    Advanced VTOL Demonstrators Accelerate Full Tilt

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    Vahana, the all-electric VTOL aircraft from A³ by Airbus, made its first full-scale flight on Jan. 31, 2018, at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon. The first untethered flight of the unmanned, fully self-piloted electric...

  • Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    By AHS Staff

    Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2018

    Vahana Prepares for Liftoff

    In early November, A³ by Airbus — the Silicon Valley outpost of the Airbus Group — announced that it had moved its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator from “The Nest” in Santa Clara, California (shown above), to Pendleton,...

  • A Little CityAirbus Flies

    A Little CityAirbus Flies

    Airbus Helicopters has unveiled more information about their CityAirbus quad duct electric VTOL. CityAirbus is a multi-passenger, self-piloted eVTOL demonstrator “designed for urban air mobility with cost efficiency, high-volume production and a low environmental footprint in mind.” A subscale model is flying at the company’s Donauwörth, Germany, facility.

  • Vahana Comes Together

    Vahana Comes Together

    A3 by Airbus Group, the company’s Silicon Valley outpost, is independently developing another eVTOL concept. The single-seat, self-piloted Vahana eVTOL uses four electric propellers each on its canard and aft wing. The full-scale demonstrator is undergoing final assembly and is expected to fly later this year. The company released a photo of the aircraft’s carbon fiber exterior (shown) in July,...

  • News from the 2017 Future of Transportation Conference

    The UKi Future of Transportation World Conference was held 5-6 July in Cologne, Germany. The session on "Getting Transportation Off the Ground" focused on how electric VTOL and "personal airborne transportation systems (PATS) will shake up personal transportation before 2030.

    Mike Hirschberg (AHS) moderated the kick-off session and presented on "The Future of Vertical Flight," which gave the background of the Transformative Vertical Flight initiative and an overview of the promise and...

  • VTOL Execs at Forum 73 Banquet

    AHS Commentary: Not Just Helicopters

    AHS Commentary: Not Just Helicopters

    By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director

    Vertiflite Jul-Aug 2017

    At the Forum 73 Grand Awards Banquet, the leaders of the major rotorcraft manufacturers and Uber Technologies’ chief of product development talked about the future of vertical flight....

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    CityAirbus
    Airbus Helicopters
    Marignane, France
    www.airbushelicopters.com

    "The aerial vehicle, which goes by the working title of CityAirbus, would have multiple propellers and also resemble a small drone in its basic design. While initially it would be operated by a pilot – similarly to a helicopter – to allow for quick entry into the market, it would switch over to full autonomous operations once regulations are in place..."

    Note: although there is...

  • A³ Vahana

    Vahana
    A³ by Airbus
    San Jose, California, USA
    www.vahana.aero

    Established as one of the first initiatives at A³ by Airbus. Exploring self-piloted tilting distributed electric propulsion on Vahana. Single-seat 8-prop full-scale prototype began flight testing in January of 2018.

    The prototype hovered at a height of 5 m for 53 seconds, and flew autonomously.

    A³ Vahana Characteristics (updated May 2018)

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  • Airbus Pop.Up multi-modal vehicle

    Airbus Decides to Pop Up

    Airbus XO, the company’s innovation group, revealed a concept for “seamless, multi-modal, fully electric urban mobility.” The modular Pop.Up concept features a capsule that connects to either a ground or air module. Airbus envisions the system relying on an artificial intelligence system where the “passengers plan their journey and book their trip via an easy-to-use app. The system automatically suggests the best transport solution … joining either the air or ground module or other...

  • Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    Air Mobility Bonanza Beckons Electric VTOL Developers

    By Richard Whittle

    Vertiflite, Mar-Apr 2017

    In this continuation from last issue’s article, “The Demand for On-Demand Mobility,” Vertiflite reports on companies pursuing visions aligned with Uber’s Elevate White Paper.

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