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SkyDrive and Volatus create strategic alliance

SkyDrive, a manufacturer of eVTOLs in Japan and U.S. based Volatus Infrastructure, designers and producers of AAM infrastructure including vertiports and charging stations, have announced a strategic alliance to support each other’s business development and market expansion goals.

In a press release the companies say “SkyDrive will integrate Volatus’ AAM infrastructure into their U.S. business platform. SkyDrive will also support Volatus in expanding their eVTOL infrastructure into the Japanese market.”

The press release reports “SkyDrive is currently engaged in the development of a compact, two-seat electric-powered aircraft named “SkyDrive SD-05” and has reached a key milestone when Japan Civil Aviation Bureau accepted its application for type certification of the SD-05 in October 2021.

“In alignment with SkyDrive’s own vision, Volatus is focused on making its eVTOL technology widely accessible to everyone by steering the AAM industry towards agreeable standards. Volatus has also committed to keeping the cost of their products and services priced to allow for universal accessibility.

“Volatus will provide tailored infrastructure packages to SkyDrive as one of SkyDrive’s preferred vendors that includes eVTOL vertiports and charging facilities. These packages will also be extended to SkyDrive’s customers as desired. SkyDrive, within its capacity, will support Volatus in the development of its infrastructure. The two companies will cooperate with each other with the common goal of promoting AAM.”

“Volatus is planning to build permanent vertiports in many states in the US, starting with Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and SkyDrive is looking to utilize their vertiports,” said SkyDrive CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa.

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