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Airbus and EASA team on next-gen VTOL development

3rd October 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus Helicopters and EASA have signed a memorandum of cooperation that will facilitate work on the development of the technologies and regulations required for the next generation of VTOL aircraft.

Areas of cooperation covered by the agreement include high-speed flight with the Airbus Racer demonstrator, the certification of new piloting assistance systems such as the company’s EAGLE technology, the thermal/electrical hybridisation of rotorcraft including electric VTOL systems, and condition-based maintenance.

‘I am very pleased to be joining efforts with EASA to build a common framework for the next generation of vertical lift solutions over the next decades,’ Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, said. 

‘Innovation that benefits customers is at the heart of Airbus Helicopters' strategy. We are committed to working hand in hand with the authorities on our innovation projects with the same professional approach that drives the design and certification of our current product range.’

‘Partnerships with industry are part of our strategy to ensure that innovation in the aviation market happens safely,’ Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA, added. 

‘The knowledge we gain from cutting edge technology plays a significant role in helping us to prepare our certification methodologies for these new advancements. Cooperating on innovation with Airbus Helicopters represents an important contribution to this strategy.’

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