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5/8/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

FlightHouse Engineering to design and manufacture composite airframes for the Vahana VTOL aircraft

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Vahana is an electric, self-piloted VTOL aircraft being developed by A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley. 

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More in the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and composites space: FlightHouse Engineering (Portland, Ore.), a firm specializing in the design of unmanned aircraft systems, announced it has secured a contract to design and manufacture the composite airframes for the Vahana demonstration vehicles with the full-scale canard already being delivered on schedule to Vahana. Vahana is an electric, self-piloted vehicle project being developed by A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley. Launched in 2016, Vahana intends to open up urban airways by developing the first electric, self-piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft. The project is progressing towards a full-scale test flight by the end of 2017.

“We are very excited to be working with Vahana. Designing the airframe is an excellent showcase for the capabilities and experience of the FlightHouse Engineering team, and the fast-paced innovative program is a great fit with our approach to product development,” says Calder Hughes, vice president of engineering and co-founder of FlightHouse Engineering.

Composites manufacturing team members working on this project include Composites Universal Group in Warren, Ore., and Decavo in Hood River, Ore., which will deliver the prototype airframe structures. Design and analysis subcontractors include Structural Design and Analysis, Flying S, Zepher Inc., and Assystem.

“Working with FlightHouse is a valuable partnership for Vahana. Having worked on both sides of the aerospace engineering industry, they’re able to understand our evolving needs and provide flexibility and creativity as true partners,” says Zach Lovering, project executive of Vahana. “The team is delivering key components that enable us to efficiently achieve our rigorous timelines and we look forward to continued partnership.”

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