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CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

CityAirbus NextGen is the Urban Air Mobility vehicle of the future

One of the biggest manufacturers of commercial aircraft in the world is Airbus. The company has revealed its plans for the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market with a helicopter called CityAirbus. The next generation of the flying vehicle is fully electric and has fixed wings and a V-shaped tail. It's powered by eight electric propellers and is designed to carry up to four passengers.

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Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

Airbus single-pilot plan on long-haul flights is a bad idea – safety over economy

A lot of industries have been hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and, unfortunately, that has resulted in layoffs and even bankruptcies. Those that managed to survive sometimes operate with reduced workforces, including those on sometimes critical operations like long-haul flights. In lieu of that, Airbus and Cathay Pacific are working on a system that will have just one pilot at the cockpit most of the time, a system that seems to be prioritizing savings over passengers' safety and even their own employees' welfare.

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Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

Airbus taps Luminar LIDAR for its autonomous aircraft’s eyes

LIDAR manufacturer Luminar has inked a new deal with Airbus, to provide its laser scanners for Airbus UpNext's next-generation aircraft. The agreement could see Luminar sensors featuring on future VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, as Airbus explores potential routes to autonomous flight and pilotless airtaxis.

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Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters has announced that it has launched its flying laboratory Flightlab for in-flight tests, enabling the company to evaluate new technologies that may eventually make their way to Airbus helicopters and, in the more distant future, eVTOL and fixed-wing aircraft.

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Airbus ZEROe concepts preview striking future of hydrogen-powered aircraft

Airbus ZEROe concepts preview striking future of hydrogen-powered aircraft

Airbus has revealed three new concept aircraft, all promising zero-emission flight, with the potential for commercial operations in less than 15 years. The three ZEROe concepts all use hydrogen as their primary power source, which Airbus argues is a much cleaner and more sustainable option than traditional jet fuel.

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Airbus fello’fly repairs to aircraft together to reduce emissions

Airbus fello’fly repairs to aircraft together to reduce emissions

Airbus has announced that it has signed agreements with two airline customers, Frenchbee and SAS Scandinavian Airlines, three Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), France's DSNA, the UK's NATS and EUROCONTROL. The agencies will work together to demonstrate the feasibility of an Airbus demonstrator project called fello’fly to reduce aviation emissions.

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Airbus and Rolls Royce E-Fan X hybrid plane gets permanently grounded

Airbus and Rolls Royce E-Fan X hybrid plane gets permanently grounded

Airbus and Rolls Royce have shelved their hybrid-electric plane project, announcing that work on the E-Fan X will cease. Started back in 2017, the experimental plane was intended to explore potential ways to reduce traditional jet fuel use, by replacing one of the engines with an electric alternative.

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Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Airbus MAVERIC blended wing body plane promises better efficiency

Unlike their land-roving counterparts, airplanes haven't seen many innovative changes in the past decades. The scandal that continues to rock Boeing may have even the industry back a few years. That's not to say no one is trying to shake things up in radical ways and aerospace company Airbus has just unveiled a working version of its latest concept. Don't expect to ride on this MAVERIC any time soon, though, as there is still plenty of work to be done to bring this scale demo model to life.

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Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

Boeing 737 Max won’t fly again until mid-2020, production halted

It may have been its best-selling model but the 737 Max could now become the plane that destroys Boeing. The plane has been grounded for almost a year now and it seems it will take more than a year before it can spread its wings again. But even if it finally gets the green light, Boeing might have some trouble restarting its pipelines now that it has put the production of the problematic plane on hold.

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Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

Airbus hybrid electric airliner concept looks like a bird of prey

While birds have always been the main inspiration behind airplanes, the two flying objects share very little in common. While essential for real birds, the design of wings and weathers are impractical and may even be dangerous for planes. That's not stopping some from designing concepts that could eventually become reality. Such may be Airbus' "Bird of Prey" that takes imitation to new heights, pun totally intended.

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Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus tests demonstrator airplane with flapping tips on each wing

Airbus is working on a unique airplane design that involves flapping wing tips, something found on military jets but not commercial aircraft. The company successfully tested a remote-controlled scale-model plane fitted with the flapping wing tips, the company revealed this week. The demonstrator aircraft was based on the company's A321 plane.

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Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

Reasons why the Airbus A380 failed

On 14 February 2019, Airbus announced their A380s have been cancelled, with production ending in 2021; After 12 long years of shaky business and development, its closure didn’t come as a surprise, but rather a sigh of relief for a company burdened by the weight of its own ambitions - The dream is over for the world’s largest passenger airliner.

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