Volocopter, can they be the Uber of the skies?
Volocopter are at EBACE this year and potentially aiming for a further spike in interest in their business. “I’d love to use the opportunity at EBACE to communicate with you about how we could potentially cooperate going forward.” said Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter.
So who or what are Volocopter? Volocopter describe themselves as a tech company with aviation at heart. Volocopter are developing an eVTOL (Electronic Vertical Take-Off and Landing) ‘air taxi’. The Volocopter would be used for small journeys, typically from a city airport to a city location. The current model has a range of 22 miles and 400 pounds of capacity.
In 2016, Volocopter earned provisional licensing for its two-seater from the German aviation authorities. It is in the process of finalizing a Special Condition certification with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for light VTOL aircraft.
And Volocopter are looking to the future and to further approvals, with Reuter saying “EASA knows this technology is coming and they have to adapt to it,” perhaps using the words ‘have to adapt’ are too strong by Reuters and could be words he could end up swallowing. However, he is not wrong, in the fact that our most congested cities need to find a solution, but with urban development and more cars on the road, maybe the sky is the limit.
With the added fact that the Volocopter is an environmentally friendly alternative to the generic taxi, it is very much an area to be watched. There may be problems that arise later on but currently the skies are uncongested in terms of Volocopters market, and all the power to them.
Click here to view a Volocopter preview flight, and what could be the future.