Airbus will begin test flights of its flying taxi prototype by the end of the year, the company’s chief executive said this week. Speaking at the technology industry’s DLD Conference in Munich, Tom Enders said the company’s Silicon Valley arm is developing a multi-rotor, autonomous vehicle that would ease traffic congestion in the world’s major cities.
Owners of certified aircraft could soon have affordable access to a wide range of cutting edge technology now reserved for the amateur built market thanks to an emerging joint effort by EAA and the FAA.
The pilot of the Cessna Citation that crashed into Lake Erie in December had received his type rating in the jet three weeks before the accident, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The 2012 CJ4, owned and flown by Columbus, Ohio businessman John T. Fleming, crashed on the night of Dec. 29 shortly after takeoff from Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport, killing Fleming and all five passengers.