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In its recent study on the social acceptance of urban air mobility (UAM) in Europe, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) identified Paris as the most promising city for airport shuttle and sightseeing applications of eVTOL aircraft. Work on developing a UAM system in the Paris region is well underway, with Choose Paris Region, Groupe ADP, and RATP Group having selected 30 companies to take part in the RE.Invent Air Mobility initiative that aims to establish Paris as a leader in the space.
On June 21, one of the initiative’s main vehicle development partners, Germany’s Volocopter, performed the first public flight demonstration of an eVTOL air taxi in France. Taking place at Le Bourget Airfield during the Paris Air Forum, a remotely piloted Volocopter 2X prototype flew a 500-meter (1,640-foot) route at speeds up to 30 kilometers (18 miles) per hour and heights up to 30 meters (100 feet) above the ground.
The flight marks the beginning of a multi-step test and market development campaign in cooperation with the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC – Direction générale de l’aviation civile). The program will now move to the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin airfield northwest of Paris, where the RE.Invent partners have been building up a UAM “sandbox” including a functioning vertiport. This will place the end-to-end UAM operation and passenger experience under test in a real-world environment at an active peri-urban airport.
According to Edward Arkwright, deputy CEO of Groupe ADP, Volocopter should enter its first test flight campaign in Pontoise by September. The goal is to have air taxi services in place during the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to enhance regional connectivity and showcase the benefits and key attributes of UAM.
Berlin should do the same with Tempelhof/Tegel/Gatow making them active UAM airports with different charging helipads at ground level and in architectural towers (including small VIP lounges).
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