Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced today that it has secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21G).
The company is acquiring its long-standing, trusted partner in innovation and production, DG Flugzeugbau, a global leader in composite aircraft production.
Through this acquisition, Volocopter is now the first and only electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company holding both the required design and production organization approvals to advance its aircraft toward commercial launch, giving it a competitive edge in the race to bring UAM to life.
EASA is the regulator with the highest safety standards for aircraft certification, in the case of SC-VTOL requiring the same safety level as expected from commercial airliners.
Volocopter’s certification with EASA is easily transferable across global markets, positioning it to launch services across Europe, Asia, and North America.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter: “Our ten-year partnership with DG Flugzeugbau has been an extraordinary learning experience.
“Having this legendary industry leader on our side to kick-start scalable and affordable UAM for people and cargo has been a game changer.
“Today marks an exciting milestone as we unify DG Flugzeugbau’s leadership in aviation production with Volocopter’s pioneering UAM goals to establish yet another crucial stepping-stone for our collective global endeavors.”
As part of this acquisition agreement, Volocopter will integrate DG Flugzeugbau’s aircraft production segment and EASA Part 21G POA.
“The entire team of highly specialized manufacturing experts will join Volocopter’s production and workshop teams.
“Another part of the acquisition agreement is to continue to honor existing sailplane production contracts, under the new ownership.
Holger Back, CEO of DG Aviation: “At DG Flugzeugbau, we have always continued to strive for perfection through unique innovation with gliders, vast aerodynamic improvements, and, for the past ten years, with Volocopter’s eVTOLs.
“We see the future in these aircraft and are excited to combine a section of our company with Volocopter to invest in the future of sustainable aviation while continuing our tradition of building gliders and maintaining aircraft.”