During testing, all flights continued according to their regular schedule, which means that air taxis can be easily integrated into the existing airport infrastructure.
German startup Volocopter conducted a comprehensive test of the 2X model of their air taxi at Helsinki Airport. The device, which is capable of vertical takeoff and landing, is set to become the core of the company’s commercial transportation service.
2X is a multicopter with a two-person cabin. The vehicle was created to fly across distances up to 35 km at a maximum speed of 110 km/h. The taxi performs takeoff and landing on autopilot.
Testing has shown that the 2X can be integrated into the existing flight management system, which means that commercial exploitation might be possible within the next couple of years.
Volocopter plans to continue testing in mid-September at Stuttgart Airport. At the end of the year, the company will unveil their VoloPort terminals in Singapore.
Volocopter is hoping to create an infrastructure of landing sites built around cities. These landing sites can be created from scratch - for example, by repurposing the roof of a shopping center or hotel, as devices with vertical takeoff do not need too much space.
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