FlightHouse Engineering to design, manufacture VTOL airframe

FlightHouse Engineering LLC, a firm specializing in the design of unmanned aircraft systems, has secured a contract to design and manufacture the composite airframes for the Vahana, an electric, self-piloted vehicle project being developed by A³, the advanced projects and partnerships outpost of Airbus in Silicon Valley, the company said.

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.

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

FlightHouse Engineering is an Oregon-based company specializing in aircraft design, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) product development, strategy, and prototyping.

Based in San Jose, California, A³ executes a small portfolio of high-risk, time-constrained projects, using an external ecosystem of partners, which culminate in productizable demonstrators.