Airbus announced, in time for the Singapore show, that its “CityAirbus” electrical urban-air-mobility demonstrator programme reached an important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany.

This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. After being maturated and verified on the iron bird, the propulsion system will be embedded on the demonstrator by mid-2018. The test bench configuration reflects the CityAirbus architecture including motors, power electronics and distribution boxes – developed and produced by Siemens.

Meanwhile, the development of the CityAirbus airframe vehicle itself is on-going. The first structural parts have been produced and are on the way to assembly. These development steps pave the way to the CityAirbus’ first flight before the end of 2018.

CityAirbus is a multi-passenger, self-piloted battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle. It is designed to carry up to four passengers over congested megacities in a fast, affordable and environmentally friendly way.

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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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