In this blog series, we will provide you regularly with an overview of the most important news from the UAM industry – and thus of course also from Volocopter. Stay tuned and up to date!
On July 27th, Volocopter flew at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Wisconsin. The Volocopter 2X flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in the US. It took off at 2:45 PM CST for a 4-minute flight at ~164 ft and a top speed of 18 mph over Wittman Regional Airport. Event attendees were able to watch the Volocopter 2X fly and take a seat in the VoloCity model at Volocopter’s booth to experience these aircraft.
Starting November 2021 users and fans of the Microsoft Flight Simulator can take to the skies in a VoloCity air taxi. The new aircraft is part of an extensive expansion pack in the popular game and emulates real world mobility developements.
As of September 2021, Volocopter cooperates with the Los Angeles-based mobility collaboration “Urban Movement Labs” to explore the application of UAM solutions in the area. The new partnership marks an important step in Volocopter’s US market campaign.
Since 2016 the Vertical Flight Society has been documenting global eVTOL concepts in a comprehensive directory. In 2021 alone 100 new concepts were added, indicating an overall growth of the industry. The directory includes all stages of eVTOL development from studies to failed constructions and certified aircraft.
Germany has opened its official center for the mobility of the future in Munich, a reasearch site of the German Federal Government. The center with a focus on urban air mobility is dedicated to solve current questions of mobility together with start-ups and the Technical University of Munich. Further locations in Germany are to follow.
India is liberalizing its legislation on drones with the goal of becoming a global drone hub within the next nine years. The relaxation of the laws inlcude the streamlining of the registration process, obtaining permissions and the extension of flight zones.