As the Air Mobility for Urban market began to take shape, the new CityAirbus was announced at the company’s first summit with the theme, “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace”. In terms of technology, this air taxi comes with almost the same specifications as its predecessor and can fly a short distance of 50 miles (80 km).
The CityAirbus NextGen has a cruising speed of up to 75 mph (120 kph), making it ideal for a wide range of trips in large cities, and because it is designed to operate in large cities, engine sound/noise level is a very important factor. Airbus will make CityAirbus sound levels very low, to below 65 dB(A) during fly-over and below 70 dB(A) during landing. That’s a noise level similar to that produced by a vacuum.
During the transition phase, the aircraft is designed for hover and cruise efficiency without the need for moving surfaces or inclined planes. CityAirbus NextGen is built with a mindset that focuses on simplicity but is still able to meet the highest certification standards (EASA SC-VTOL Enhanced Category).
So far, the Airbus Vahana and CityAirbus demonstrations have completed 242 test flights and landings, covering a total distance of 621 miles (1,000 km). The company has also conducted significant subscale flight testing and a wind tunnel campaign and used its computational and modeling power. Currently, CityAirbus NextGen is in the detailed design stage. The prototype’s maiden flight is expected to take place in 2023.
“The CityAirbus NextGen combines the best of both worlds with a new design that strikes the right balance between hover and forward. This prototype paves the way for certification around 2025,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.