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Volocopter completes flight test campaign in Osaka and Amagasaki

Volocopter reported on December 13 it has conducted a multi-day flight test campaign (from 7 to 13 December) with a crewed 2X aircraft in the Japanese cities of Osaka and Amagasaki.

“This week-long testing campaign signifies the completion of the first steps of local flight testing to acclimate the crew, communications tools, and flight test procedures in preparation for the 2025 World Exposition, Osaka Kansai EXPO,” said the company in a press release. “The 500-day countdown to the 2025 EXPO has begun, and Volocopter remains committed to flying at this international exhibition with its commercial air taxi, the VoloCity.

“The purpose of these flights was two-fold: to test aircraft operations under conditions similar to those expected during the EXPO and to accelerate the public awareness of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in Japan. Local guests, including the Osaka governor, Osaka City mayor, prefectorial representatives, city officials, partners, and media, witnessed today’s final flight test day event, co-hosted by Sumitomo Corporation, Volocopter’s strategic partner and investor in Japan. In addition, over 200 local primary and secondary school students joined as an “out of the classroom” learning event, conducting a Q&A session with Volocopter’s Managing Director Christian Bauer, Chief Test Pilot Paul Stone, the Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura and the Osaka City Mayor Hideyuki Yokoyama, around the innovative eVTOL aircraft technology.

“Successful flight operations at the 2025 EXPO require preparation time and assessment on the ground. These flight tests were conducted at the Osaka Heliport in proximity to the planned 2025 EXPO pavilion location in Osaka Bay. This locational advantage gives insight and data into how Volocopter could shape eVTOL operations when the exhibition starts. Working with local authorities such as the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), local air traffic controllers, emergency response teams, and infrastructure owners now will aid in a faster transition from testing to the industry’s commercial future, as well as for the VoloCity when it takes to the skies of Osaka in 2025.

For more information

https://www.volocopter.com/en/newsroom/volocopter-first-fly-in-osaka

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