Volocopter, one of the world’s advanced air taxi service operations has announced a global groundbreaking electrical pilot training program, and expanding partnerships driving their success.
Teaming with CAE, a global leader in aviation training, Volocopter’s emphasis will be on safety and operationalization of its VoloConnect and VoloCity electrical air taxi aircraft.
Subject to definitive agreement, CAE expects to commit up to (USD) $40 million to develop, certify and deploy an innovative pilot training program for electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOLS) operations. Leveraging its artificial intelligence, virtual reality, mixed reality, along with data analytics technologies, the aviation trainer will collaborate with Volocopter’s lead hands to integrate an urban air mobility ecosystem.
“We will bring our 70 years of experience in training and Volocopter will bring their brand-new technology and together we will train pilots under the safest means possible,” says Chris Courtney, director of advanced air mobility with CAE.
At a high level, CAE will do a comprehensive needs analysis that will determine their training program. They will also be looking to advanced technologies, virtual reality to train mobility pilots of the future.
Experienced pilots will have a leg up in the certification process, particularly operators with fixed wing and helicopter skillsets since Volocopter’s aircraft will be taking off from a confined area.
“Both skillsets need to come together for the aircraft and operations to be successful.”
Volocopter behaves more like a helicopter than a plane, however other urban air mobility (UAM) are fixed wing and aviation authorities worldwide are working to house all air taxis under the same regulations.
Courtney expects UAM training will expand across the globe as Volocopter so requires extending pilot training by weeks or a couple of months.
With a footprint in 35 countries operating 60 training centres for more than 300 airline and courier companies Courtney affirms, “We are committed to making Volocopter successful with their business objectives."
VoloCity, the company’s first commercial aircraft is well into its certifcation process with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is expected to operate services at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Through existing agreement and partnerships with global leaders such as Daimler, Aéroports de Paris, Microsoft Azure and now CAE, Volocopter plans to launch its services in a number of cities globally within five years.
“We are proud to be partnering with CAE who has a track record of developing best-in-class, innovative training solutions for new aircraft programs,” stated Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter in a press release.