Airbus has released new video footage of its CityAirbus eVTOL demonstrator conducting free flight testing at its facilities in Donauwörth, Germany.
Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even shared the video on his personal Twitter account on June 17, describing the fully electric multicopter as “a key element in our innovation roadmap in order to develop the techno-bricks necessary for achieving sustainable aviation.”
The video shows flight test engineers (wearing masks as a precaution against COVID-19) monitoring the progress of the hovering flight from a control room as Even looks on outside.
According to an Airbus spokesperson, the June 17 flight was the first CityAirbus test flight to be witnessed by Even, but was otherwise a normal event in the aircraft’s ongoing test campaign.
While the company still plans to relocate CityAirbus to Manching, Germany, later this year for more extensive flight testing, the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed the progress of the campaign, the spokesperson said.
Nevertheless, the company remains committed to the program, telling eVTOL.com last month, “Airbus considers new forms of air transport such as UAM [urban air mobility] an opportunity to develop key technologies for the future of VTOL platforms, including electric flight and autonomy.”