• Electric Volocopter Begins Air Taxi Ticket Sales

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Fri Sep 18 06:55:59 2020

    Volocopter Begins Air Taxi Ticket Sales
    Kate O'ConnorSeptember 17, 20206

    Image: Volocopter
    Urban air mobility (UAM) company Volocopter announced on Wednesday
    that it is now selling tickets for piloted air taxi flights in its
    VoloCity electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL).
    Angling to become “the first electric air taxi company to acquire
    paying end-customers,” Germany-based Volocopter is limiting its
    initial offering to 1,000 slots. The €300 ($355) tickets can be
    reserved for a 10 percent deposit and are good for a 15-minute flight “scheduled within the first 12 months after commercial launch” plus
    video of the experience.

    “While the final certification for air taxis is still pending, we do
    have a detailed realistic timeline to launch commercial VoloCity
    flights in the next 2-3 years,” said Volocopter Chief Commercial
    Officer Christian Bauer. “Moreover, those who reserve now can receive
    the latest updates about our progress and the commercial launch plan.”

    Volocopter flew its first eVTOL design in 2011 and unveiled the
    VoloCity https://www.avweb.com/recent-updates/evtols-urban-mobility/volocopter-unveils-next-generation-evtol-design
    , its fourth-generation model, last year. The VoloCity is expected to
    have a range of 35 km (19 NM), top airspeed of 110 km/h (59 knots) and
    payload of 200 kg (441 pounds). The company is planning to certify the
    aircraft under EASA’s new SC-VTOL rule. https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/easa-issues-first-evtol-certification-rules

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