EAA AirVenture round-up


From July 22-28 this year, legacy and experimental aviation companies were strutting their stuff, exhibiting their aircraft and ideas at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA. According to EAA AirVenture, approximately 500,000 people spanning 80 countries descend for the show every year.

This year was no different, with 800 exhibitors showcasing their models, concepts and test aircraft. Revolution.Aero has done a round-up of some of the most prominent options on the urban air mobility (UAM) horizon that were at the air show.


As one of the most well-established aircraft manufacturers out there, Airbus has used its position to carve a niche for itself in the UAM space. It has been working on various technology concepts and demonstrators – CityAirbus, Pop.Up Next and Vahana – since late-2014, some of which have already completed several test flights.

Vahana is a single passenger eVTOL demonstrator, with fully autonomous technology using tilt-wing configuration. In February 2019, A^3, the Airbus company which developed Vahana, announced that the prototype had completed 50 test-flight hours.

According to VTOL Investor, Vahana will be taking test flights throughout 2019 to assess its flight controls, navigation, failure detection and mitigation, and noise-cancelling solutions during flight.

Airbus UAM has also recently announced its intention to demonstrate a third, unseen air-taxi concept at the Paris Olympics in 2024. Director, city integration and infrastructure, Vincent Loubière said, “We will be using the existing helicopter routes. The immediate next step would be researching the ideal sites we would like to fly to.”


In May this year, CityAirbus (below)– Airbus’s contribution to the 4-seater, autonomous, eVTOL air taxi market – completed its first test flight in Germany. Although this prototype was not at EAA AirVenture, it is an up-and-coming contender in the market.