AIRBUS HELICOPTERS strives to provide the most efficient helicopter solutions to its customers who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in demanding environments. Its helicopters are in service across more than 150 countries worldwide, performing nearly every type of vertical flight task imaginable. The company’s product line offers the full spectrum of rotary-wing aircraft solutions for civil, government, military, law enforcement and parapublic uses. In order to broaden the product profile with regard to new technological opportunities and customer needs, Airbus Helicopters develops currently the CityAirbus, an all-electric, four-seat, multicopter vehicle demonstrator that focuses on advancing remotely piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flight.
AIRBUS believes that urban air mobility can positively contribute to a multimodal mobility system in times of a high population growth and increasing urbanization. Therefore, it represents an important field for the Airbus Group in order to maintain its technological leadership in aviation, and especially in regards to zero-emission and autonomous flight with vertical take-off and landing capabilities.
Since 2014, Airbus has been exploring recent technology advancements – from battery capacity and autonomy to electric propulsion. This approach goes beyond the vehicle, rather it aims a holistic approach reaching up to the setting of infrastructure, legal regulation and traffic management. Within the framework Airbus Group has placed the focus on the subject of Urban Air Mobility in Bavaria. Hereby Donauwörth, Munich and Manching form a technology triangle which positions Bavaria among the top five global urban air mobility regions.
This favorable environment is created by the local and state government in Bavaria, who have supported this ambitious innovation road map through different initiatives and commitments. On long term, this will enable Bavaria to main its technological leadership in the innovation landscape.
Wolfgang Schoder Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President, Strategy and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has held a variety of high-level management positions during a nearly 20-year career with Airbus Helicopters and its predecessors. Prior to his current role, which he assumed in September 2019, Wolfgang Schoder served as Airbus Helicopters’ Executive Vice President Light and Governmental Programmes from 2011 until August 2019.
He also held numerous positions within the Eurocopter Deutschland industry and site management, such as Vice President, German Sites Management; Vice President, Commercial Helicopters; General Manager, German Sites; Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management; and Senior Vice President, Air Vehicles.
Wolfgang Schoder began his industry career in Airbus’ (then-EADS) Military Aircraft division, where he was first a Systems Engineer for flight guidance and navigation in the Avionics Department, before being appointed as the company’s Senior Manager, Head of Flight Dynamics in 1997.
In addition, Wolfgang Schoder was a research assistant for the Institute of Flight Mechanics and Control at Munich’s Technical University, from which he holds a doctorate in Flight Mechanics and Flight Control (Dr.-Ing.) and a degree in Aeronautics (Dipl.-Ing.).