13 Feb 19

Airbus taxi flies

There is another step forward in the domain of flying taxis. Airbus has successfully undertaken a flight with its Vahana prototype, and by contrast with the first take-off and landing, this time the craft flew horizontally. Vahana weighs 745 kg when empty and is approximately six metres long by six wide.

The flight took place in the back yard of Airbus competitor Boeing (which has also recently had a flying taxi off the ground)  at Pendleton (Oregon). The flight lasted for a few minutes, the eight propellers altering their angle in order to move from the vertical take-off mode to the horizontal flight mode. 

Airbus has said that its objective is to be able to undertake flights of 100 km at 230 kmh.

(Image: A³)

Authored by: Tim Harrup