Airbus

  • CityAirbus rollout in Ingostadt, Germany on 11 March 2019.

    CityAirbus Demonstrator Unveiled

    Vertiflite May/June 2019

    Airbus revealed photos of its completed but unpainted unmanned CityAirbus at Heli-Expo on March 5, followed by an official unveiling of the demonstrator in Ingolstadt, Germany, on March 11. Developed about 35 miles (60 km) away at the company’s Donauwörth, Germany, plant, the aircraft will be tested at the Ingolstadt Manching Airport. This airport is...

  • Airbus Blueprint Vahana

    Airbus Reveals UTM Blueprint and UAM Perceptions

    Airbus Reveals UTM Blueprint and UAM Perceptions
    How the Airbus UTM plans to integrate the future of our aerial mobility safely
    and how perceptions are shaping up for acceptance.

    By Nicolas Zart
    Vertiflite Mar/Apr 2019

    What will urban air mobility (UAM) look like in the near future? How will...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Airbus CityAirbus

    CityAirbus
    Airbus Helicopters
    Marignane, France
    www.airbushelicopters.com

    CityAirbus demonstrator is a multi-passenger, autonomously piloted electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility.

    Eight pitch rotors are powered by eight specially designed Siemens SP200D direct-drive 100 kW units relying on  four 140 kW batteries developed by Airbus' Defense and Space arm. The CityAirbus will...

  • A³ Vahana

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

    The Airbus A³ Vahana (pronounced “A-cubed”) is a full-scale prototype self-piloting electric 8-prop tilt wing vehicle. It is intended to fly a single passenger or cargo along a predetermined flight path. As of Feb. 2019, the program had flown more than 50 hours with the first unmanned demonstrator, Alpha One, and rolled out the second, dubbed Alpha Two.

    The...