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Volocopter purchases partner DG Flugzeugbau, secures POA

By Chris Stonor

Volocopter has announced today that it has not only secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21G), but in so doing, acquired its long-standing partner in innovation and production, DG Flugzeugbau, reports a company press release.

The release says, “Through this acquisition, Volocopter is now the first and only electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company holding both the required design and production organisation approvals (DOA and POA) to advance its aircraft toward commercial launch, giving it a competitive edge in the race to bring UAM to life.”

In 2019, Volocopter “was the first and remains the only eVTOL company to attain DOA from EASA (EASA Part 21J). Through its compliance with both EASA Part 21G and Part 21 J, Volocopter is poised to have the first commercial aircraft to market once the company completes type certification and obtains the air operator approval in compliance with EASA.”

Most importantly, Volocopter’s certification with EASA is “easily transferable” across global markets, positioning it to launch services across Europe, Asia, and North America.

Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, commented, “Our ten-year partnership with DG Flugzeugbau has been an extraordinary learning experience. Having this legendary industry leader on our side to kick-start scalable and affordable UAM for people and cargo has been a game changer.”

He continued, “Today marks an exciting milestone as we unify DG Flugzeugbau’s leadership in aviation production with Volocopter’s pioneering UAM goals to establish yet another crucial stepping-stone for our collective global endeavors.”

Florian Reuter

As part of the acquisition, Volocopter will integrate DG Flugzeugbau’s aircraft production segment and EASA Part 21G POA. The team of specialised manufacturing experts will join Volocopter’s production and workshop teams. Another part of the acquisition agreement is to continue to honour existing sailplane production contracts, under the new ownership.

Holger Back, CEO of DG Aviation, said, “At DG Flugzeugbau, we have always continued to strive for perfection through unique innovation with gliders, vast aerodynamic improvements, and, for the past ten years, with Volocopter’s eVTOLs.” Adding, “We see the future in these aircraft and are excited to combine a section of our company with Volocopter to invest in the future of sustainable aviation while continuing our tradition of building gliders and maintaining aircraft.”

The remaining part of the former DG Flugzeugbau is being transitioned into the newly founded DG Aviation. With their Maintenance Organisation Part CAO and their Design Organisation Part-21J, the company will continue developing and maintaining aircrafts and offer complete support for DG and LS gliders.

Holger Back

Footnote

DG Flugzeugbau is known worldwide for its excellence in the production and development of glider aircraft, composite aircraft manufacturing, and the tuning of World-Championship-winning Red Bull Air-Race planes. They have held production certification for over 40 years, adhering to the highest safety and production standards according to EASA and the Federal Aviation Office of Germany. The production facilities are located in Bruchsal near Volocopter’s headquarters and support serial production.

Together with DG Flugzeugbau, Volocopter designed and built the VC200, the first electrically powered multicopter to receive a permit to fly it in 2016 and flew this model autonomously in Dubai in 2017 and on stage at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Since then, the two companies have partnered to produce the Volocopter 2X, the VoloDrone, and the VoloCity.

For more information

https://www.volocopter.com

https://www.dg-flugzeugbau.de/en/?noredirect=en_US

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