According tomedia reports, the innovation center Paris Region, airport operator ADP and urban transport operator RATP aim to develop an urban air traffic branch ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics, and join forces with Volocopter, a German air taxi start-up, to achieve this goal. The division will build a new air mobility test area at Pontuaz airport near Cormeilles-en-Vexin, northwest of Paris, starting in the first half of next year.
As a first step in the process, the partnership has called on international manufacturers and equipment suppliers, energy companies and airport designers, operational support companies, research institutions and laboratories, and experts in autonomous air traffic management or digital platforms to express their interest. The selected items will be announced on 18 December.
However, the project’s first industrial partner has announced that it is Volocopter. The company, which has successfully tested flights in Singapore, Helsinki and Dubai since 2011, will test its all-electric Volocopter at its new plant.
The eVTOL has been commercially licensed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and has nine replaceable lithium-ion battery packs with a range of up to 35 km/h and a top speed of 110 km/h on each charge.
The roter magnet, which is 2.5 meters high and 9.3 meters in diameter at the top, is home to 18 roils. Multi-redundant systems include roon, motors, batteries and eronics to ensure safe operation.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, said: “We are very excited to be the first choice eVTOL manufacturer for air traffic projects in the Paris area. We will launch our first commercial air taxi route in the next 2-3 years and are delighted to have such a potential partner in Europe. “
By June 2021, the project will focus on real-world testing of parking, take-off and landing operations, as well as take-off support such as maintenance or battery charging. It will eventually be expected to provide some kind of service before the 2024 Paris Olympics to complement existing passenger or freight solutions.