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Volocopter, an urban air mobility (UAM) company, completed its first flight test at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) in New York City (NYC) with its crewed Volocopter 2X.
Hosted by the mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Volocopter 2X participated in what the company said is the world’s largest and first public event showcasing multiple electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in a city.
Volocopter has now successfully and safely conducted flights in the heart of two of the busiest metropolitan hubs of the world, NYC and Singapore.
With the iconic Lower Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, the Volocopter 2X electric air taxi flew in a smooth and quiet manner. Volocopter’s multicopter design is particularly suited for urban missions, producing zero emissions in flight and little noise pollution in a busy metropolis like NYC.
As part of the public showcase, the City of New York outlined a new vision for the future of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, seeking to reduce emissions, noise pollution, and improve the residents’ quality of life.
It aims to reshape heliports such as DMH to accommodate eVTOL aircraft to diversify the city’s mobility options to reduce congestion, while still meeting the transport needs of one of the busiest cities in the world.
“The Adams Administration has been a leader in driving technology innovation and economic growth while simultaneously improving quality of life,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) president and CEO Andrew Kimball.