Volocopter is seeking concurrent type certificate validation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its VoloCity aircraft, which would allow the company to enter the U.S. market soon after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) grants the aircraft a type certificate.
Likely to be one of the first eVTOL developers to certify a commercial aircraft, Volocopter is preparing to quickly enter the market on multiple continents. In December, EASA updated its agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), allowing the city-state to conduct concurrent validation. Just a few days later, Volocopter committed to launching air taxi services in Singapore within three years.
The FAA accepted Volocopter’s application for concurrent type certificate validation on Dec. 22 of last year, according to the company’s press release. Currently the only eVTOL company with Design Organization Approval from EASA, Volocopter said it expects to receive a type certificate from the European regulator for its two-seat multicopter within two to three years, “immediately followed by the FAA validation in this timeframe.”
“From the beginning, we have considered the U.S. an important market for our services,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter. “Certification is the key to this market, and we are excited to begin the process of seeking approval from the FAA to introduce this innovative era of mobility not only in Europe and Asia but also in the U.S.”
Volocopter isn’t the only German air taxi developer interested in the U.S. market. In November, Lilium selected Orlando, Florida as the site for its first U.S. vertiport — a central hub for a larger network the company hopes will be operational by 2025. Volocopter has yet to announce cities or locations it is targeting, but the company named cities with “growing demand for better intra-city mobility . . . like Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., among others” in its release.