Airbus has made it abundantly clear that it would like to build a flying car-taxi-helicopter vehicle, despite the exceedingly slim possibility of one ever being used by the masses. This week, ahead of the Paris Air Show, Airbus subsidiary A3 released a video to demonstrate how this dream could work.
Airplane-maker Airbus and legendary coachbuilder Italdesign have teamed up to make a novel flying-car concept called Pop.Up that, like all flying car concepts, is just two years away from never fucking going to happen.
What’s that? Airbus is doubling down on its promise of a flying car? Cool! Just what 2017 needed: Yet another wishful plan in the near 100-year quest to make flying cars a reality. Will it happen? (Probably not.)
Airbus’s new Silicon Valley-based technology and business innovation team, called A³ (“A-cubed”, isn’t that cute?) has got some wacky plans up its sleeve, releasing new details for an autonomous personal aircraft it plans to show off in 2017. That’s not a lot of time, especially once you hear all that A³ has planned…
The Airbus A380 is an amazingly ginormous airplane that can fit over 600 people inside. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner tops out at around 300. But bigger isn’t better.
Airbus’ new driverless airborne taxi/gigantic drone concept looks great! It’s so cool to see a major air company work on what’s basically a flying car. Oh, wait, does this thing pass the two year test?
Here’s a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at the Vancouver airport. You can see the world’s largest passenger airplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground—but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead. It’s crazy impressive to see such a big plane make a maneuver like this.
If you think about it, the way we load and unload planes with passengers (or, in airline terminology, ambulatory waste-producing cargo) is wildly inefficient. Slow, shuffling, cranky lines of people slowly filing into seats while the plane is stuck there—isn’t there a better way? Airbus thinks so, and has the patent…
Kogalymavia Flight 9268, belonging to a Russian airline known as Metrojet, was an Airbus A321 beginning its route from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt to St. Petersburg, Russia when it went missing just 23 minutes after departure. The aircraft was flying at 31,000 feet. The weather in the area was clear at the time.
Not much is known about this crazy clip, but let’s just hope that helicopter is filming some awesome video footage for Emirates Airlines or Airbus’s A380 program – which they almost certainly are.
Airbus made a startling patent filing this week showing a new interior configuration with a mezzanine level of seating. This stacked concept would have fully-reclining chairs and be able to accommodate more passengers in the same amount of space. But will commercial airliners of the future have this confusing layout?
The pilot of American Airlines Flight 550 from Phoenix, AZ to Boston, MA passed away during the flight on Monday. According to a medical examiner, Captain Michael Johnston, who was 57 years old, died of natural causes. The aircraft’s co-pilot declared an emergency and quickly diverted the Airbus A320 to a safe landing…
Two weeks ago, Flight Club brought you video of an Emirates Airbus A380 landing in a crosswind in Düsseldorf, Germany. Now we’ve got another Emirates A380 landing at the same airport, but this time filmed from the rear. Watch how much that enormous rudder pivots to align the massive jet with the runway.
The Airbus Perlan 2 glider made a successful first flight on Wednesday, paving the way for a promising future of high altitude soaring. The manned aircraft was towed to an altitude of 5,000 feet before it was released from its tether, but next year the Perlan Project aims to break records by sending it nearly 20 times…
Pope Francis arrived in the U.S. yesterday for a six-day multi-city historic visit aboard an Alitalia Airbus A330, at which point he transferred to a Fiat 500L. But the Holy See of the Catholic Church will be flying aboard a chartered American Airlines Boeing 777 throughout his tour of America, an airline which a Pope…
Conditions in Düsseldorf, Germany (DUS) were windy and wet over the weekend, making for a crazy-looking maneuver as this Emirates Airbus A380 (the world’s largest passenger airliner) returned to terra firma. Watching the giant aircraft’s weight transfer to its wheels somehow actually makes the superjumbo appear small.
The approach to Ushuaia International Airport in Argentina, near the southern tip of South America, is known for being windy. Last week, an Airbus A340-300 made a beautiful cross-wind landing there, kicking the crab out with a little cross control to keep the wings level and the aircraft from drifting off centerline.
Ever since Concorde retired in 2003, commercial flight hasn’t been as insanely fast as it used to be. That doesn’t mean aerospace engineers have given up on getting you from New York to London any faster, though. Airbus recently filed patent documents for a new hypersonic aircraft with no less than three engine types…