German urban air mobility (UAM) start-up, Volocopter, is looking to bring air taxi services to US cities as the company looks to expand into international markets, including Asia.
US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), accepted the firm’s application for concurrent Type Certificate validation in December, setting the basis for Volocopter’s US entrance.
Volocopter is the only electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company in the world with Design Organization Approval (DOA), the license to develop and build certified aircraft, from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The company is currently in the process of receiving EASA Type Certification for their VoloCity aircraft. Volocopter is seeking FAA approval to enter the US market concurrently with its EASA type certificate to accelerate its worldwide expansion.
Through relationships with cities including Singapore, Paris and Dubai, Volocopter has demonstrated its electric flight product for inner-city mobility. Volocopter said it is focused on promoting seamless, 100% electric mobility within congested cities.
“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 US.”
The VoloCity, Volocopter’s electric air taxi, is designed to meet safety standards and features the lowest noise development in the industry, the company said. Volocopter developed the VoloCity specifically to meet growing demand for better intra-city mobility in large cities like Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington DC among others.
Volocopter is currently working with EASA on certification for commercial launch planned in the next two to three years. When Volocopter receives type certification approval from EASA, immediately followed by the FAA validation in this timeframe, it will be positioned to enter the electric air taxi market first and pave the way for the UAM industry to expand services globally.