A new video has been released showing the first crewed public test flight of an eVTOL air taxi in Seoul, South Korea.
The demonstration was conducted by German eVTOL developer Volocopter, which completed the flight using its 2X eVTOL aircraft — a two-seat multicopter. The company said the flight marks a milestone in Volocopter’s plan to introduce air taxis globally.
The five-minute crewed test flight took place at Gimpo International Airport, covering a distance of about three kilometers (1.8 miles), and reaching a maximum altitude of 50 meters (164 feet) and maximum speeds of 45 km/h (28 mph). The flight was part of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport’s (MOLIT) urban air mobility (UAM) demonstration event called Open the Urban Sky.
“With MOLIT’s comprehensive K-UAM roadmap, South Korea is well positioned to achieve the goal of commercializing UAM by 2025,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, in a press release. “We are extremely honored to conduct the nation’s first crewed public eVTOL test flight . . . [and] we look forward to working closely with friends and partners from both the government agencies and private sectors to make UAM a reality in South Korea.”
South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport Noh Hyeong Ouk witnessed the test flight along with senior officials from the delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea and the German Embassy.
Seoul is the second city in Asia in which Volocopter has conducted a crewed test flight, following the first public flight trial over Singapore’s Marina Bay area in 2019. The company is scheduled to conduct a public demonstration at Incheon Airport in South Korea on Nov. 16 during the K-UAM Confex 2021 event.
Volocopter is developing a lineup of eVTOL aircraft that can transport passengers and cargo, including the VoloCity, VoloConnect, and VoloDrone. The company said it has obtained design and production organization approvals from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.