Aircraft Manufacturing Startup Introduces its First Air Taxi
Volocopter, a German electric multi-rotor helicopter manufacturing aircraft startup has revealed its first air taxi aircraft named VoloCity, which is a commercial aircraft based on electric vertical takeoff and landing.
Volocopter had created its first three units of VoloCity with an intention to test and demonstrate which they flew for more than 1000 times in order to check its ability and strength. VoloCity is a fourth generation eVTOL that can carry up to two passengers with a small baggage or luggage with a limited weight and coverage area. This air taxi is equipped with 18 rotors with a top speed of 110 kmph and can fly up to a range of 35 km or around 22 miles. It is also eco-friendly to operate in urban areas as it has a low acoustic signature.
Additionally, Volocopter has fitted a stabilizer in the vehicle in order to maintain its stability during flight. The company has also taken care of safety rules set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and developed the design of the vehicle by keeping the safety and comfort of the passengers in mind.
The CEO of Volocopter, Florian Reuter stated in an interview, “The VoloCity is our most powerful Volocopter yet. It is rigorously designed to meet the demands of Urban Air Mobility and incorporates all requirements of the SC-VTOL certification standard established by EASA in July.” He added, “It is a result of all insights we have gathered from our extensive testing programs over the past years. With the VoloCity we will open the first commercial routes and bring Urban Air Mobility to life.”
Along side, Volocopter is focusing on its another requirement of infrastructure for takeoff and landing of the vehicles. According to the company, they are already in a conversation with Frankfurt International Airport’s operator Fraport to optimize passenger and ground procedures, and also approaching the authorities of air traffic control.
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