Airbus launches a new generation of CityAirbus aircraft

[According to the announcement on the Airbus website on September 21, 2021] As the emerging urban air transportation (UAM) market begins to stabilize, Airbus announced a new CityAirbus plan.

CityAirbus is a zero-emission all-electric aircraft that can carry 4 passengers, adopts a distributed propulsion system, is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail and 8 electric propellers, and is optimized for hovering and cruise efficiency. During this period, there is no need to deflect the rudder surface or tilt the components.

CityAirbus has a flight range of up to 80 kilometers and a cruising speed of up to 120 kilometers per hour, making it suitable for various missions in major cities. CityAirbus adopts low-noise design, the flight sound level is less than 65dB(A), and the landing sound level is less than 70dB(A). The aircraft can meet the highest certification standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (EASA SC-VTOL enhanced category), with a simple design concept, and will provide first-class economic performance in terms of operation and security.

CityAirbus benefits from Airbus' years of dedicated research, innovation, two electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) demonstrators, noise reduction technology developed in its product portfolio, and decades of aircraft certification experience. The demonstrator of Vahana and CityAirbus has jointly conducted 242 flights and ground tests, and has flown approximately 1,000 kilometers in total. In addition, Airbus also implemented extensive scale-down flight and wind tunnel tests, and made use of its calculation and modeling capabilities. CityAirbus is currently in the detailed design stage, and the first flight of the prototype is planned for 2023.