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Volocopter holds to its promise, “takes to the skies” at EAA Airshow

By Chris Stonor

On Tuesday, at 2.45pm (CST), Volocopter carried out its promise and flew its 2X craft in the firmament above the EAA prestigious Airshow at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S to show an enthusiastic public “the promised-sky of the future,” reports a press release.

This Volocopter 2X flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully eVTOL taxi in the US. The success marks a key milestone in Volocopter’s plan to raise awareness of air taxis among populations around the globe and is critical to the long-term success of delivering advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) solutions.

The crewed Volocopter 2X flew to 164 ft with a top speed of 18 mph over Wittman Regional Airport. Members of the public were also allowed to sit in a VoloCity model at Volocopter’s booth. Nicknamed the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” more than 600,000 visitors are expected to visit the Airshow over a five day period.

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Florian Reuter, Volocopter’s CEO, enthused, “Volocopter successfully conducting the first US public manned test flight of an eVTOL company in the US is a milestone for the industry and a reminder that our commercial launch is fast approaching. We can talk about our lead in certification, low noise emissions and global partnerships all we want, but nothing shows just how close we are to launch UAM as a service as does flying an air taxi in front of crowds and inviting people to sit in our craft.” Adding, “Air taxis are coming, and we are working to bring electric flights to cities around the globe in the next two to three years.”

Rick Larsen, EAA Vice President of Communities and Member Programming, remarked, “Oshkosh is a haven for enthusiasts and experts to embrace the pioneering spirit of aviation, and today’s Volocopter flight is one for the history books. This is the spirit of Oshkosh giving our visitors the chance to experience real pioneers, who will change aviation for good, right here.”

But it wasn’t just Volocopter who made an impression at EAA. Another eVTOL company, Opener, shared the milestone accolades with its smaller Blackfly aircraft.

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Launched in 2018, Blackfly is “the world’s first all-electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing, ultralight aircraft.”

Click on the link below to watch footage of the Blackfly at the EAA event:

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