Volocopter to bring electric air taxi services to US cities
German air taxi start-up Volocopter announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accepted its application for Type Certificate validation on December 22nd 2020.
Volocopter has already received the Design Organisation Approval (DOA) licence to develop and build certified aircraft from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It aims to launch commercial services in Japan as well as cities such as Singapore and Paris.
The company is currently in the process of receiving EASA Type Certification for its VoloCity aircraft.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said: “From the beginning, we have considered the US 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”
By offering concurrent type certificate validation, the FAA gives aircraft manufacturers like Volocopter the opportunity to show that they are fulfilling the necessary requirements parallel to being certified by the primary authority of the company’s current jurisdiction, such as EASA.