Production of Volocopter’s eVTOL Aircraft Secured With New Acquisition
Volocopter intends to launch a commercial air taxi service in the not so distant future with its eVTOL aircraft.
- Volocopter has acquired production partner DG Flugzeugbau, a global leader in composite aircraft construction.
- The acquisition secures Production Organization Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
- Gaining type certification would give Volocopter an edge over Joby Aviation and Lilium in the eVTOL race.
Volocopter’s efforts to get its electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) off the ground just received a big boost. The German aviation company just acquired its production partner in DG Flugzeugbau, a global leader in composite aircraft construction.
The acquisition secures Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), thus giving Volocopter the ability to begin production of its two-seat eVTOL aircraft.
Its VoloCity air taxi has been the talk of the town in the eVTOL community. Praised for its lightweight build and rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs that you can swap out in around 5 minutes tops.
This is a big deal, as it makes Volocopter the first company to receive approvals from the EASA. Volocopter will gain a significant edge over other eVTOL companies in Joby Aviation and Lilium once the company completes type certification.
If Volocopter is first out the gate with its commercial air taxi service, it could propel them to greater heights — as is the case with most companies launching ahead of the competition.
As part of the outlined acquisition, DG Flugzeugbau will become DG Aviation. Most of the former will join Volocopter as the others form this new company.
“At DG Flugzeugbau, we have always continued to strive for perfection through unique innovation with gliders, vast aerodynamic improvements, and, for the past ten years, with Volocopter’s eVTOLs,” says Holger Back, CEO of DG Aviation.
Volocopter will no doubt want to get its eVTOL air taxi service up and running in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Could they do it? Give us your thoughts on social media.