While the first flight of its CityAirbus electric vertical takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) urban air mobility demonstrator aircraft may be close, Airbus still has one eye on how electric technologies could also improve its more conventional rotary-wing products. Airbus actually laid the foundation for electric-powered vertical flight as far back as 2011, when the company—then Eurocopter—revealed it had been flying a hybrid-powered AS350, now H125, single-engine light helicopter ...

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