Dr. Arnaud Coville will replace Jan-Hendrik Boelens as chief technical officer (CTO) of Volocopter, following Boelens’ voluntary decision to leave the company.
Coville joined the German eVTOL developer in May of this year as head of development for the VoloCity commercial air taxi. An engineer with a PhD in automatic control and robotics, Coville has almost three decades of experience in the aviation industry with companies including Safran, Fairchild Dornier, Diehl Avionik and Airbus Helicopters. Volocopter cited Coville’s “extensive experience as a leader and engineer in new aircraft development,” on programs including the Airbus Helicopters H135, Airbus A350 and A380, and Bombardier CRJ700.
Boelens will continue consulting at Volocopter until the end of the year to facilitate a smooth transition, the company said.
“Jan-Hendrik has done tremendous work for Volocopter,” stated Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, in a press release. “For the past three years, he has led the VoloCity development and helped us reach defining milestones, including conducting several public flights and receiving Design Organization Approval by EASA. It was under his leadership we brought our product this far, grew an exceptional team and helped set the company up for success. Now we look forward to build upon this legacy and continue our journey with Arnaud Coville.”
“It’s my passion to enable new technology in aviation, and with the VoloCity we will pioneer a new era of flying — electrically, vertically and in mega-cities,” Coville stated last month via the Volocopter Twitter account. “It’s exhilarating to be part of this endeavor!”