This video is an in-depth interview with Geoffrey Bower, Chief Engineer for Vahana at Airbus Urban Air Mobility. Vahana is an all-electric, single-seat, tilt-wing eVTOL vehicle demonstrator originally developed by Airbus A3 in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The first full-scale aircraft, dubbed Alpha One, first flew at 8:52AM on January 31, 2018 at a test range in Pendleton, Oregon and reached a height of five meters (16 feet) before descending safely.
The Vertical Flight Society interviewed Bower at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July 2019. At the time, Vahana had flown about than 100 full-scale test flights and achieved a maximum cruise speed for 100 knots (190 Km/h).
Vahana uses eight electric motors and a tandem tilt-wing configuration that converts between rotor-borne vertical and wing-borne forward flight. This configuration enables Vahana to achieve both vertical take-off and landing as well as cross-city flight range on battery power alone. Vahana is self-piloted, which is enabled by its onboard detect-and-avoid systems that can identify both air and ground hazards.
Vahana has now transitioned to Airbus Urban Mobility, a newly organisation formed in 2018 which has absorbed Airbus' many UAM initiatives, including Vehicle Demonstrators (Vahana and CityAirbus, another eVTOL aircraft developed in Germany), Airbus ATM (deploying unmanned traffic management systems), Infrastructure (a new dimension to city planning), City integration (urban air mobility in the city context), and Voom (an on-demand helicopter booking platform).
VFS Reporter: Kenneth I Swartz
Videographer: Warren Liebmann
Production: Warren Liebmann
More information on Vahana and Airbus Urban Air Mobility can be found on the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) websites and YouTube video channel:
VFS Electric VTOL News: Vahana - https://evtol.news/?s=Vahanahttps://youtu.be/iUz0i6gjJj8
VFS Electric VTOL News: Airbus - https://evtol.news/?s=airbus
5th Annual Transformative VTOL Workshop 2018 - Airbus On Demand Mobility: https://youtu.be/iUz0i6gjJj8
Airbus Helicopters Innovation Press Conference, Heli-Expo March 6, 2019: https://youtu.be/NYS9uvY1HdI
VFS Panel, "The Electric VTOL Revolution," Heli-Expo, March 6, 2019: https://youtu.be/u6dyr2KJxZ0
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