The Vision behind Volocopter

From Prototype to pioneer

At Volocopter we make the dream of electric flight come true. Our Volocopter aircraft offer affordable solutions to transport both goods and people to their destination: Free of emissions, and in a more sustainable and timely manner. Together with the sophisticated ecosystem we create around our air taxis we open up a whole new perspective on and for the city. By flying electrically over cities, we make room on the streets. By connecting important transport hubs as the crow flies, we bring the city and its people closer together.

 

We first envisioned this dream of electric flight 10 years ago. Today, we are an aircraft manufacturer, an airline, and pioneer all in one. Together with talented world-class people and partners, we are bringing urban air mobility to life. Commercial flights in Paris and Singapore will start within the next 2-3 years. We are beyond excited.

Where the magic happens Sites & facts

Volocopter is constantly growing. We currently employ more than 300 people in our offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore – with more to come! Bruchsal, where it all started, is now home to our headquarters and three more test and development sites. Our focus here is on our VoloCity. Our site in Munich is mainly dedicated to the development of our heavy-lift product, the VoloDrone and future projects. Our newest office in Singapore accompanied the construction of the world’s first VoloPort prototype on site. At the moment, we are mapping out how to launch one of the first urban air taxi services in the world powered by Volocopter.

Road to Volocopter Our company history in brief

In a matter of ten years, we have come further than anybody else in eVTOL history. Everything started with our now famous prototype in 2011. See our collection of milestones for the most important events that followed.

2021
Commitment to launch air taxi service in Singapore

2019
Design Organization Approval by EASA

2019
Presentation of the VoloDrone

2019
Crewed flight over Singapore’s Marina Bay

2019
Unveiling of the first VoloPort Prototype

2019
Temporarily integrated into air traffic at Helsinki Int. Airport

2017
World’s first air taxi flies over Dubai autonomously

2016
The Volocopter is granted its first permit for manned flight

 

2011
Volocopter writes aviation history

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Our Future Shapers Volocopter Leadership Team

After completing a degree in business engineering and working for several years as a management consultant, he was most recently responsible for the development of technology start-ups as venture manager in central research with Siemens AG Munich. For Volocopter, he applies his many years of experience in the strategic positioning of high-tech innovations in international markets.

Arnaud Coville is an engineer with a PhD in automatic control and robotics and counts almost three decades of experience in the aviation industry. He has been actively involved in developing aircraft from Helicopters (H135), regional jets (CRJ700 and 728) to large aircraft (A350 and A380) for companies including Safran, Fairchild Dornier, Diehl Avionik, and Airbus Helicopter.

Rene joined Volocopter as our CFO in 2018. Besides building our Finance department, he leads Volocopter’s financial strategy and fundraising activities, including the recent successful closing of our Series D financing round. With a background in investment banking and strategy consulting (Citibank and McKinsey & Co.), Rene first entered the start-up world in 2000 as CFO of Berlin based dooyoo.com. Before joining Volocopter, he was the CFO at Kreditech, where he helped increase the company’s valuation thirtyfold and raised approximately half a billion euros in equity and debt capital. Rene holds an MBA from INSEAD. Throughout his career to date, he has participated in over 80 M&A transactions, financing rounds, and IPOs.

Christian Bauer has 15 years of experience in the mobility sector. He worked for Daimler in various function including Business Development and M&A, where he participated in merger, venture, fundraising and IPO projects including Airbus, myTaxi, HERE Technologies, Renault/Nissan and others. Before joining Volocopter he was heading a department for High-Tech cooperations at Mercedes-Benz, pushing to bring innovations to series maturity. An economist and information technologist by training, Christian is responsible for all commercial aspects at Volocopter and making Urban Air Mobility Services an integral part of transportation systems across the globe.

Alexander Oelling brings his entrepreneurial experience and technical expertise to Volocopter as Chief Digital Officer. He started his career with the invention of the BigData database engine GraphDB. After founding companies focusing on digitalization, such as Sensorberg, he also served as Chief Technical Officer for Looping Group and Gamers Academy. At Volocopter, he spearheads the digitization of the urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem and applies his technical and leadership skills to promote a future-proof solution to mobility in cities around the world.

As a true serial entrepreneur, Cornelia Hoppe has been founding companies for the past 15 years, while also building and scaling top international startup-organizations such as Airbnb, Clark, and N26. With a degree in psychology, she is shaping Volocopter’s organisational foundation to become the leading company in urban air mobility (UAM). Her approach: combining people- and cultural-centric thinking with a methodological and empathic approach. And, as a helicopter pilot herself, she is the ultimate urban air mobility enthusiast!

An Aerospace Engineer by training, Oliver Reinhardt has played an instrumental role to more than 9 aircraft certification projects in the past 25 years. As CTO at Flight Design, he managed the Design Organization setup and certified, manufactured, and delivered aircraft to 42 countries world-wide. In addition, he served as industry representative on several major international Aviation Rulemaking Committees. At Volocopter, Oliver combines his aviation and additional automotive background to manage all product and corporate certification aspects, along with the Quality, Risk, Safety, and Compliance Management Systems.

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Teamed Up For Great Things Partners & Investors

It’s great to believe in an idea, but it’s magical when others do too. Here are some of our strong partners and investors who, like us, love to create something entirely new.

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VoloCity flying over San Francisco

We are constantly looking for partners and fellow pioneers to join our goal of developing the new and exciting market of eVTOL. Be first with us!

HIGH FLYERS WANTED Your career at Volocopter

Talent is something one can never have enough of. If you are an engineer, a developer or a visionary, join our international team and write history with us!

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