Airbus to Test Advanced Autonomous Features on Helicopter Flightlab

Date: Issue 106 - May 2021

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety.

The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab are vision-based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection; fly-by-wire for enhanced autopilot; and an advanced human-machine interface (in the form of a touchscreen) and head-worn display for inflight monitoring and control.