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  • The Potential of eCTOL

    The Potential of eCTOL
    Electric Conventional Take-Off and Landing Aircraft Take Off!

    By Nicolas Zart

    Vertiflite, September/October 2019

    While essentially all of the news on electric aviation in Vertiflite has focused on electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, developments of electric conventional take-off...

  • Vahana Alpha Two flight deck, May 2019.

    Vahana Cockpit and Systems Unveiled

    On May 20, A³ by Airbus released new photos of its second Vahana demonstrator, “Alpha Two.” The first aircraft, Alpha One, is currently advancing through test flights; Alpha Two is the first Vahana demonstrator with a finished interior. Airbus Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Systems VP Zach Lovering also highlighted the sensor system that Vahana uses to sense and avoid obstacles in the air. This technology is powered by...

  • Airbus CityAirbus demonstrator France May 2019.

    CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off

    On May 3, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even tweeted, “Congratulations to the Airbus and Siemens teams who performed the first successful take-off of the CityAirbus demonstrator in Donauwörth. Next step: flight envelope expansion in Manching!” However, the photo was of the aircraft on the ground with the test team. At Forum 75, Airbus VP Tomasz Krysinski noted that the event was the first tethered hover of the unmanned...

  • Airbus A³ Vahana eVTOL in flight.

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears

    The Electric VTOL Industry Shifts Gears
    By Kenneth I. Swartz
    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    A VFS panel and other discussions at Heli-Expo provided an opportunity for the commercial helicopter operating community to ask some tough questions about eVTOL technology.

    For the second year in a row, the Vertical Flight Society organized a panel discussion at Heli-Expo to brief the civil...

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    Airbus CityAirbus Prepares for Flight

    Bloomberg stated on Jan. 23 that Airbus’s quad-duct CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator was “poised for takeoff within weeks.” Initial tests will be brief unmanned hovers, building up to translating flight and longer missions. The CityAirbus demonstrator is undergoing ground testing at the company’s helicopter plant in Donauwörth, Germany, north of Munich. Airbus said the four-seat air taxi could go into service as early as 2023.

  • Airbus Vahana

    Airbus Vahana Picks Up Speed

    A³ by Airbus has continued development of its single-seat Vahana eVTOL demonstrator since its first flight on Jan. 31, 2018. In December, Airbus released new images of the Vahana demonstrator in flight at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon. Notably, Airbus has replaced the electric motors with more powerful ones, as well as added propeller spinners, additional nose sensors and landing skid fairings. The second Vahana test...

  • Quarter-Scale Pop.Up Demo

    Airbus, Audi and Italdesign brought a quarter-scale radio-control model of the multi-modal Pop.Up Next mobility system to the Amsterdam Drone Week conference in late November. The Pop.Up Next system uses an unmanned VTOL flight module to transport a passenger-carrying pod by air; the pod can also be transported by ground in an autonomous four-wheeled electric-powered chassis.

  • 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...

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

    Airbus Starts Testing CityAirbus Iron Bird

    In mid-December, Airbus Helicopters began testing the “iron bird” for its four-passenger CityAirbus quad-duct eVTOL in Taufkirchen, Germany. The test bench operates the entire electric propulsion system, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit, from flight controls to the dynamic loads of the propellers, verifying the electrical, mechanical and thermal dynamics. The test bench...

  • 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...