Airbus has unveiled the next generation of its electric bird, known as the City Airbus, which is the next phase in the development of urban air transport. The new Airbus aircraft is called the CityAirbus Next Gen and has the ability to fly vertically and horizontally. According to Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, the prototype will fly in 2023.
Jeorg Mueller, Chief Executive Officer "Our all-electric, four-seater aircraft is designed to respond to the urban airline market," said Airbus Urban Air Transport (UAM). Vahana has finally demonstrated its goal of producing the next-generation City Airbus.
As the emerging urban air traffic market expands, Airbus intends to launch a prototype after the flight. And receive the necessary certifications to start mass production of this innovative project. Even Airbus hopes to obtain a European Aviation Safety Agency license for the aircraft under the special conditions of small vertical airplanes.
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ion "We learned a lot from the test campaigns with our two pioneer pilots, City Airbus and Vahana," he said. The next-generation City Airbus combines the best of both with the new architecture and strikes the right balance between buoyancy and forward flight.
This fully electric vehicle has a fixed wing and a V-shaped tail and has eight The blade is electrically distributed as part of its propulsion system. This non-polluting city bird is designed to have a range of 80 km and a cruising speed of 120 km/h, which, according to Airbus, makes it suitable for operation in large cities. Depends on the speed of expansion of the urban air transport market. "This is a market that could be bigger than the existing helicopter market, but the challenge is when will we see more activity?" Said Balkiz Sarihan, head of Airbus Air Strategy and Partnerships
Airbus refuses to make public predictions about the scope of this market because there is still a lot of unknown about this technology and new opportunities. There it is. "We are working to help create a whole new market that sustainably integrates urban air transport into cities while addressing environmental and social concerns," Eun said.
"Airbus is convinced that the real challenges are more in integrating technology with cities, public acceptance and automated air traffic management," he added. "We build our technology to the best of our ability to provide safe, sustainable and fully integrated services to the community." Sarihan stressed that "the first applications of urban vertical airplanes will be for emergency services and service to remote areas, and use as an Uber-style air taxi is not a priority."
Beyond a vehicle, Airbus said Which works with partners, cities and city dwellers to create the new ecosystem needed to operate in this new area of operations.
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Source: Flght Global