January 15, 2021

volocopter 400x275German air taxi startup Volocopter said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has accepted their application for concurrent Type Certificate validation, which sets the basis for the c company to bring electric air taxi services to the American market.

The company said it is the first and only electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company in the world with Design Organization Approval, the license to develop and build certified aircraft, from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Volocopter is currently in the process of receiving EASA Type Certification for their VoloCity aircraft. The company is seeking FAA approval to enter the U.S. market concurrently with its EASA type certificate to accelerate its worldwide expansion.

Volocopter said it is working with EASA for commercial launch in the next two to three years, followed immediately by the FAA validation within the same timeframe. By offering concurrent type certificate validation, the FAA gives aircraft manufacturers the opportunity to show they are fulfilling the necessary requirements parallel to being certified by the primary authority of the company’s current jurisdiction (in this case, EASA). “This format promotes open communication about certification and safety qualifications internationally for aircraft like the VoloCity,” the company said in a statement.

“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,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “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. 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 air taxi services are designed to promote job opportunities, and reduce costs associated with spending hours in traffic by simply flying over it. In 2011, the company performed the first-ever manned flight of a purely electric multicopter, and has since completed more than 1,000 test flights. The company performed the world’s first autonomous eVTOL flight in Dubai in 2017. The company is also developing products for the logistics and precision agriculture markets.

For more details on the company and its products, go to the Volocopter website.