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Spirit starts work on CityAirbus eVTOL wings
Thursday, 17 March 2022
Spirit's longstanding relationship with Airbus includes the provision of fully integrated wings and wing elements for multiple Airbus commercial aircraft. Now it will apply its skills to eVTOL wings.

Spirit AeroSystems is to develop the wings for the CityAirbus NextGen at its Belfast, Northern Ireland, facility.

The structure of the eVTOL's fixed wings will be able to transmit the related aerodynamic loads while being optimised for the right balance between hover and cruise efficiency. CityAirbus NextGen's distributed propulsion system will contribute to reducing the influence of air turbulence.

"The partnership with Spirit AeroSystems is an important step for the development of CityAirbus NextGen and its wings are key structural components for flight efficiency," says Jorg Muller, Head of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus. "To build this vehicle, we are proud to work with Spirit as a strategic partner who benefits from a proven track record in this field, and extensive experience in component quality and airworthiness."

Spirit's longstanding relationship with Airbus includes the provision of fully integrated wings and wing elements for multiple Airbus commercial aircraft. Extending existing collaboration between Airbus and Spirit AeroSystems, this partnership is a further sign of the Company's commitment in the U.K.

The fully electric CityAirbus NextGen is an eVTOL prototype equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its distributed propulsion system. CityAirbus NextGen is being developed to fly with a 80km operational range and to reach a cruise speed of 120 km/h, making it perfectly suited for a variety of missions. Airbus is developing a UAM solution with eVTOLs not only to offer a new mobility service in urban areas and beyond but also as an important step in its quest to reduce emissions in aviation all over its product range.

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Spirit AeroSystems Belfast (was Bombardier Aerospace - Belfast) Aircraft Structural Components, Composite Manufacturing Supplies, Empennages, Fairings, Fuselage Sections, Nacelles, Thrust Reversers, Wing Flaps, Wing Spoilers, Wings
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