The Airbus Group’s plan to produce a family of light aircraft may help it find answers to the creation of a hybrid airliner, but Airbus also wants to use it as a way of demonstrating it has become a leading economic force in France. Work is due to begin in the coming months on the new Volt-Air facility near the Dassault factory at Bordeaux’s Merignac Airport, in readiness for the E-Fan aircraft development program. During the E-Fan unveiling ceremony April 25, Airbus officials ...

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