Volocopter receives permission for serial production of VoloCity

The German electric aerial taxi developer Volocopter has received an extension to its Production Organisation Approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA), which will enable series production of the VoloCity.

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This makes Volocopter the first and only eVTOL company in the world to hold “Design Organisation Approval (DOA) and POA”. The Production Organisation Approval extension also applies to both Volocopter production sites and the hangar in Bruchsal, which was officially opened in April 2023.

Since 2021, Volocopter has held a certificate as a manufacturing company under EASA guidelines, issued by the German Federal Aviation Authority. This certification covers the manufacture of carbon fibre parts, all aspects of the electric drive unit and final assembly with a connection of the drive system and fuselage, as well as extensive end-of-line flight testing.

“This is a major milestone for us. Aircraft design and production are strongly regulated for a good reason: to produce safe mobility products,” said Andreas Fehring, Chief Operating Officer of Volocopter, adding: “I am pleased that Volocopter’s production facility has the trust of and stamp of approval from LBA to manufacture commercial aircraft that can be delivered to customers once the VoloCity receives type certification. Our team has proven that we can produce safe and high-quality test aircraft, and we now look forward to shortening our production lead time for scaling.”

About a year ago, Volocopter announced that it was nearing production readiness in its facility in Bruchsal, after completing its first test flights back in 2022. The company already has orders waiting as well, such as the 15 eVTOL order from Neom, Saudi Arabia, that was issued in 2021. At the time, it was said that flight operations would begin in “two to three years.”



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