Volocopter, the world’s leading manufacturer of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) craft, is partnering with Canadian aviation technology and training company CAE to create what the partners are calling the world’s premier training and development program. eVTOL pilots to the world. The program aims to produce certified pilots in time for Volocopter’s planned launch of the air taxi service for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Volocopter prioritizes eVTOL pilot training as air taxi launch looms
German company Volocopter and CAE (formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics Ltd.) have agreed to develop, obtain certification and roll out the program internationally in the coming months. Hailed as the first of its kind, the CAE and Volocopter eVTOL pilot training program aims to produce a pool of graduates capable of safely navigating air taxis and other urban air mobility (UAM) devices across a wide range of services. expected. The first of these will be the VoloCity flying machine that Volocopter will introduce for local urban passenger transport operations.
The partnership aims to combine CAE’s advanced capabilities in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, mixed reality and data analysis with Volocopter’s experience in developing eVTOL operations and their integration into the wider UAM ecosystem.
As part of its efforts to increase the number of pilots certified for these activities, CAE has committed to expanding its global training network with a planned investment of $ 40 million. The new program will step up activity to keep pace with training requests from Volocopter’s eVTOL pilots. The deal will also involve the German startup purchasing one of CAE’s eVTOL simulators for its own pilot development efforts.
âAs we deploy our UAM services in cities around the world, the specific training and qualification of pilots for our Volocopters will be an important part,â said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. âWe are proud to partner with CAE, which has a proven track record in developing innovative and best-in-class pilot training solutions for new aircraft programs. This will greatly benefit the timing and scale of the commissioning of Volocopter. We are delighted with CAE’s approval and look forward to working together as partners focused on blending forward-looking technologies to ensure aviation safety.
A head start in the European quest for air taxi certification
The move follows Volocopter’s acquisition earlier this month of composite glider company DG Flugzeugbau – and its production organization approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 21G. This certification joins the design organization’s approval of EASA Part 21J obtained in 2019 – so far the only eVTOL manufacturer to achieve it. The pair of regulators give Volocopter a significant lead over its UAM rivals to secure eventual operational certification across Europe.
Volocopter plans to launch its air taxi service in the run-up to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. The company plans to roll out a similar passenger transport business to other European cities over the next five years – a tight schedule explaining Volocopter’s eagerness to launch a specialized eVTOL pilot training business as soon as possible.
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