The European aircraft concern Airbus has experienced urban air taxis CityAirbus. The tests took place in the German Donauwörth. The first flight was tethered to ground anchors. This was done to ensure that upon loss of control to avoid accident. About it writes the edition
The engineers tested the engine and all systems. Air taxi several times launched into the air and planted him on the ground. In addition, the device was tested in hover mode. All tests were deemed successful. It is expected that soon the unit will test in free flight.
Note that Airbus has developed an air taxi for four years. The project resembles a large drone, capable of carrying up to four people offline.
The maximum distance the taxi can transport, is 60 kilometers. Cruising speed commuter jet 120 kilometers per hour.
We will remind, in the beginning of April in Vienna on the football field “Generali arena” has successfully tested the unmanned double EHang copter 216. Air taxi weight 340 kg raised to a height of 10 meters, after a few takeoffs and landings with passengers in the cabin.