Bruchsal, 16 July 2020 – Dr. Arnaud Coville is the new Chief Technical Officer of Volocopter. He joined the company as Head of VoloCity Development in May 2020. Arnaud was appointed to become CTO, following former CTO Jan-Hendrik Boelens’ decision to leave the company. Coville’s extensive experience as a leader and engineer in new aircraft development will help to solidify Volocopter’s position as the leading eVTOL aircraft company worldwide.
“Electrically powered air taxis will change aviation as we know it. Together with the talented team of experts here at Volocopter, we will bring the very first air taxi for safe urban travel to the market!” says Arnaud Coville, CTO Volocopter.
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 like the CRJ700 and 728 to large aircraft like the A350 and A380 for companies including Safran, Fairchild Dornier, Diehl Avionik and Airbus Helicopter.
“Jan-Hendrik has done tremendous work for Volocopter. For the past three years, he has led the VoloCity development and helped us reach defining milestones, including conducting several public flights and receiving Design Organisation Approval by EASA. It was under his leadership we brought our product this far, grew an exceptional team and helped set the Company up for success.” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Now we look forward to build upon this legacy and continue our journey with Arnaud Coville.”
Jan-Hendrik Boelens leaves the company upon his own wishes and will continue consulting at Volocopter until the end of the year to enable a smooth transition to Arnaud Coville.
About Volocopter GmbH
Volocopter is building the world’s first sustainable and scalable urban air mobility business to bring affordable air taxi services to megacities worldwide. With the VoloCity, the company is developing the first fully electric “eVTOL” aircraft in certification to safely and quietly transport passengers within cities. Volocopter leads and cooperates with partners in infrastructure, operations, and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to ‘Bring Urban Air Mobility to Life’.
In 2011, Volocopter performed the first-ever manned flight of a purely electric multicopter and has since showcased numerous public flights with its full-scale aircraft. The most notable have been the public test flights at Singapore’s Marina Bay in October 2019 and the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai 2017. Volocopter is also developing products for the logistics and precision agriculture space with their VoloDrone.
Founded in 2011 by Stephan Wolf and Alexander Zosel, Volocopter has 150 employees in offices in Bruchsal, Munich, and Singapore. The company is managed by CEO Florian Reuter, CTO Dr. Arnaud Coville, CFO Rene Griemens, and CCO Christian Bauer, and has raised a total of 122 million euro in equity. Volocopter‘s investors include Daimler, Geely, DB Schenker, Intel Capital, Team Europe, btov, Micron, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group, TransLink Capital (Japan Airlines and Sompo Japan Insurance), MS&AD Ventures, and Manta Ray Ventures.
Find out more at: www.volocopter.com