Are you flying in the city? Airbus Helicopters begins construction of a test center in Donauwörth

This is what the Airbus Helicopters test center in Donauwörth should look like once construction is complete. Photo: Airbus helicopters

With Air Taxi in action: we are getting closer and closer to this fantasy with new technologies. Airbus Helicopters has now set up a test center in Donauwörth. Will we soon be flying instead of driving through cities?

Airbus Helicopters has begun construction of a test center for CityAirbus NextGen. On Wednesday, the company celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for the project with many guests from politics and business. The building is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2023. The planned hall has an area of ​​1,000 square meters. The area will be used to test aircraft electrical systems. Anna Christman, the federal government’s aviation coordinator, attended the ceremony.

Air traffic will be revolutionized in Donauworth

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“We are investing in the future of electric aviation because we see this technology as a critical contribution to zero-emissions aviation,” said Wolfgang Schuder, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Germany. He then added: “Urban aviation will change the way we travel around cities and beyond, and it will be a new business area for Airbus. Donauwörth will continue to play an important role in the development and construction of electric aircraft of the future.”

approval from the federal government

“With the groundbreaking ceremony for the Urban Air Mobility Test Center at the Donauworth site, Airbus Helicopters lays an important foundation for the further development of electric-powered aircraft,” explained Anna Christman. According to her, the federal government welcomes “the efforts of the industry to develop new propulsion systems and aircraft that will enable climate-neutral aviation in the future.”

This is how city aviation should be tested

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The hall is designed so that tests are conducted using high voltage systems and lithium batteries under the highest safety precautions. All the necessary tests that need to be done before the first flight can be made there. This affects both the electric motors with the eight rotors and other systems of the aircraft such as flight controls and avionics.

This aircraft is designed to fly in cities

In September 2021, Airbus presented the CityAirbus NextGen prototype to develop new urban air transportation technologies and service offerings. With a range of 80 km and a cruising speed of 120 km/h, CityAirbus NextGen is designed for a range of urban missions. In addition to carrying passengers, the aircraft can also be used for medical missions or as part of ecotourism.

Urban air transport in planning

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Over the past few months, the company has selected partners for the main structural components of the prototype. Airbus also works closely with industrial and institutional partners to promote the development of urban air mobility ecosystems. This was recently announced with the airline ITA in Italy or through the launch of the Air Mobility Initiative in Germany.

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