Volocopter targets U.S. cities in strategic move


German air taxi startup Volocopter has announced that its December 22, 2020 application for concurrent Type Certificate validation has been accepted by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This will allow Volocopter to introduce its air taxi to the American market.

Currently, and globally, it is the only company which has obtained Design Organization Approval (DOA) which is a license to develop and build certified aircraft, issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Presently, Volocopter is also in the process of obtaining EASA-type certification for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

“We are the ‘Pioneer of Urban Air Mobility’ and our accomplishments are setting the stage for more extensive adoption of UAM implementation by our industry. By focusing on a collaborative approach to success, we are bringing excellence, expertise, and experience to the table together with our partners, and with that, we are leading the way to bring urban air mobility to life in cities around the globe,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “From the beginning, we have considered the U.S. an important market for our services. Certification is the key to this market, and we are excited to begin the process of seeking approval from the FAA to introduce this innovative era of mobility not only in Europe and Asia but also in the U.S.”

The VoloCity is Volocopter’ s electric air taxi, developed specifically to meet growing demand for better intra-city mobility in large cities like Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., while Volocopter’s business plan aims to provide scalable air taxi services at costs comparable to regular taxi services.

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