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  • VFS @ Heli-Expo 2020

    Vertical Flight Society Leads Electric VTOL / Urban Air Mobility Efforts at Heli-Expo 
    Three Opportunities to Learn About eVTOL/UAM in Anaheim

    Anaheim, California, Jan. 24, 2020 — The Vertical Flight Society, the...

  • Airbus Completes Vahana Testing November 2019 USA

    Airbus Completes Vahana Testing

    The Vahana unmanned eVTOL demonstrator made its last flight on Nov. 14. The aircraft completed 138 flights totaling almost 500 nm (925 km) and over 13 hours of flight time at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton, Oregon. Airbus’s Silicon Valley business unit A3 made the first test flight on Jan. 31, 2018. The Vahana is a full-scale prototype, self-piloting, eight-prop tilt wing, all-electric VTOL vehicle. In its...

  • At Drone Week in Amsterdam Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are presenting for the first time a flying and driving prototype of “Pop.Up Next”. This innovative concept for a flying taxi combines a self-driving electric car with a passenger drone. In the first public test flight, the flight module accurately placed a passenger capsule on the ground module, which then drove from the test grounds autonomously. This is still a 1:4 scale model.

    Audi Puts Hold on Airbus Pop.Up

    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...

  • 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...