Diehl Aerospace has announced a contract to supply flight control computers for Volocopter’s production eVTOL air taxi, the VoloCity.
Diehl Aerospace — a unit of Diehl Aviation and a joint venture with Thales — will provide both primary and backup flight control computers for VoloCity, which is now under development. The contract is a first entry into the urban air mobility market for Diehl, which is already a leading supplier of cabin interiors and aircraft systems to manufacturers of commercial and military aircraft.
“Diehl Aerospace has a solid track record of providing flight control systems to major airlines and aircraft for decades, and sees great prospects for applying its expertise in this field also to eVTOL platforms,” the company stated in a press release.
Diehl added that it also exploring potential applications in the eVTOL market for other products within its portfolio, such as cabin interiors and integration capabilities.
Initial development work for the Volocopter flight control computers has reportedly already begun. Certification of the flight control computers is expected in 2021, while first flight and entry-into-service of the VoloCity is expected within the next two to four years, according to the press release.