The personal aerial vehicle uses electric propulsion that produces little noise and no emissions. The company says anyone can pilot the vehicle, and hopes it will mark the beginning of a new era in urban mobility. e-Volo says the vehicle is primed for widespread use in conventional aircraft domains, but also takes the next step towards air taxi services and air-based transportation systems.
The Volocopter VC200 received the ‘permit-to-fly’ as an ultralight aircraft from German aviation authorities in February 2016.
Its innovative flight control using a single joystick and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability were designed to make the Volocopter easy to fly. The company says a comprehensive redundancy concept compensates any failure by critical components, including the loss of several motors.
Sales for the Volocopter are expected to begin in 2018.