CityAirbus Demonstrator Lifts Off
On May 3, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even tweeted, “Congratulations to the Airbus and Siemens teams who performed the first successful take-off of the CityAirbus demonstrator in Donauwörth. Next step: flight envelope expansion in Manching!” However, the photo was of the aircraft on the ground with the test team. At Forum 75, Airbus VP Tomasz Krysinski noted that the event was the first tethered hover of the unmanned demonstrator, and wasn’t suitable for a publicity photo. Once the aircraft has made a free flight at Ingolstadt Manching Airport, he said, the company would do a formal announcement.