Dr. Arnaud Coville has been appointed as the new chief technical officer of Volocopter.
He joined the company as head of VoloCity Development in May 2020 and was appointed to become CTO, following former CTO Jan-Hendrik Boelens’ decision to leave the company.
The firm said Coville’s extensive experience as a leader and engineer in new aircraft development will help to solidify Volocopter’s position as a leading eVTOL aircraft company worldwide.
Coville said: “Electrically powered air taxis will change aviation as we know it. Together with the talented team of experts here at Volocopter, we will bring the very first air taxi for safe urban travel to the market.”
Arnaud Coville is an engineer with a PhD in automatic control and robotics and counts almost three decades of experience in the aviation industry.
He has been actively involved in developing aircraft from Helicopters (H135), regional jets like the CRJ700 and 728 to large aircraft like the A350 and A380 for companies including Safran, Fairchild Dornier, Diehl Avionik and Airbus Helicopter.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said: “Jan-Hendrik has done tremendous work for Volocopter. For the past three years, he has led the VoloCity development and helped us reach defining milestones, including conducting several public flights and receiving Design Organisation Approval by EASA. It was under his leadership we brought our product this far, grew an exceptional team and helped set the Company up for success.
“Now we look forward to build upon this legacy and continue our journey with Arnaud Coville.”
Jan-Hendrik Boelens leaves the company upon his own wishes and will continue consulting at Volocopter until the end of the year to enable a smooth transition to Arnaud Coville.