According to Automotive News Europe on Oct. 14, Audi has stopped work on the Pop.Up multi-modal eVTOL concept — which consists of an electric automotive chassis, a detachable people-pod, and an autonomous quad copter propulsion system — that its subsidiary Ital design had been developing with Airbus. In a statement, Audi said: “We believe it will be a very long time before an air taxi can be serially produced that does not require...
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 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
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...