For the first time, Volocopter flies at Paris Air Forum. The pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), Volocopter, flew their Volocopter 2X electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at Le Bourget Airfield during the Paris Air Forum.
More about the flight demonstration of Volocopter at Paris
Firstly, With this flight demonstration, the German UAM developer had a lot to show. They demonstrated the progress they are making with eVTOL aircraft. It will be an addition to existing transportation in the Paris region.
The 3-minute remote-controlled flight was the first public flight demonstration of an electrically powered air taxi in France. It gave the public a real-life experience of what an air taxi looks and sounds like in operations. Attendees watched as the Volocopter 2X flew a 500 m route at speeds up to 30 km/h and 30 m high.
Secondly, this flight marked the beginning of a multi-step test and market development campaign. All this in cooperation with the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC – Direction générale de l’aviation civile). This campaign is to safely bring electric air taxis to the Île-de-France region. Furthermore, attendees could sit inside the VoloCity model for a first-hand experience. They got a detailed explanation of the benefits of electric air taxi services.
The first flight today in Paris highlights Volocopter’s commitment to bring air taxi services to this region in time for the 2024 Olympic Games. The alliance of the Paris region, Groupe ADP, and RATP Groupe and their intent to bring electric air taxis to France is a stellar example of the collaborative approach we see to be the most successful for adding this exciting category of mobility to cities globally.Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
Volocopter was announced as the first vehicle and operations partner for the launch of the urban air mobility industrial branch in Paris in September 2020. Because Volocopter flies at Paris, the company is planning to open a local office. It is recruiting staff and expanding local partnerships to ensure the new UAM solutions meet local demands. Furthermore, Volocopter is also working on an agreement with Groupe ADP and RATP Groupe. It is to collaborate for the 2024 Olympics to enhance regional connectivity in a meaningful way. And also showcase the benefits and key attributes of urban air mobility.