Volocopter prepares for electrical vertical take-off and landing air taxi testing

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Volocopter has announced it is in the planning process for its next set of eVTOL Air Taxi flight tests.

The company has decided that it will conduct the inner urban flight tests in the second half of 2019, in Singapore.

The series of scheduled tests are supported by the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), and Economic Development Board (EDB).

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The flight tests have been designed to verify the ability of Volocopter’s eVTOL vehicles to operate in Singapore’s urban environment.

Volocopter and the CAAS will work together to establish the scope of the flight trials and ensure that the necessary requirements are met before flight tests are allowed to commence.

Volocopter also be setting up a product design and engineering team in Singapore to support its expansion plans.

CEO of Volocopter, Florian Reuter, said: “We are getting ready to start implementing the first fixed routes in cities. Singapore is a logical partner. The city is a true pioneer in technology and city development. We are confident this is another exciting step to make air taxi services a reality.”

Volocopter currently holds a preliminary permit to fly from the German authorities and is in the process of cooperating with the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to receive a full commercial license.

The next round of testing is set to follow on from the tests done in September 2017 which saw Volocopter perform a public unmanned test flight in Dubai.

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