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Germany-based eVTOL company Volocopter has completed its first crewed flight.

The test, which took place in Paris, consisted of both manned and remotely piloted test flights ahead.

Volocopter hopes that the crewed flights will give the company and its partners – Groupe ADP and RATP Group – insights and experience ahead of launching the service in time for the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We have demonstrated our pioneering power once again here in Paris,” said Volocopter’s Chief Commercial Officer Christian Bauer.

“By flying our aircraft in a crewed configuration at a Paris airport, we are proving to one of our launch cities firsthand that our aircraft will offer a practical addition for potential airport-to-city routes.”

Volcopter’s 2X, a full-scale testing prototype, was used to perform the test flights at the Pontoise airfield 30 km northwest of the French capital. The flights were also used to measure the 2X’s noise emissions and the data will be used by the company’s partners to “shape the future of urban air mobility services in and around Paris.”

The urban air mobility testing sandbox at Pontoise airfield addresses the challenges of this new form of mobility directly by assessing UAM solution use, acceptability, regulations, technologies, and industrialization, said the company.

Volocopter’s family of eVTOL aircraft will offer passengers (VoloCity and VoloConnect) and goods (VoloDrone) the chance to move around urban centres easily and quickly. 

The company has been expanding in recent months, announcing Dirk Hoke, former CEO of Airbus Defence & Space as its new CEO earlier this month and closing a $170 million Series E funding round.

“No company is closer to making this most innovative form of mobility a reality in cities around the world than Volocopter. Bringing electric air taxis to market in the next years is a dream come true not only for me but for many,” said Hoke earlier this month.

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