Airbus Helicopters announced that its four-seat, quad-ducted propeller eVTOL, the CityAirbus, was getting close to its maiden flight planned for late 2018. The company completed the first full-scale propulsion system testing for its CityAirbus demonstrator. During this successful testing, the team thoroughly checked the individual performance of one of the ducted lift units. The company’s next step will be tests of the fully integrated drivetrain — with eight propellers and eight...
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.
"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..."
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