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Flying taxis star at Paris Air Show, next stop: Olympics


Flying taxis star at Paris Air Show, next stop: Olympics

Flying taxis will cost between 110 and 200 euros per flight and will fly on special air corridors between airports, Versailles and the center of Paris.

At the Paris Air Show, which opened on Monday, one of the main attractions is the futuristic “flying taxis” that are approaching mainstream use.

One such flying taxi is VoloCity, created by the German company Volocopter. This two-seat electric-powered helicopter is capable of a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour and has 18 rotors. It plans to carry passengers around the French capital for the 2024 Olympics – more than a decade after its first test flight.

“The good news is that it is very easy to operate. It has a very smart digital flight control system,” said VoloCity pilot Paul Stone, who has previously tested fighter jets for the Royal Navy.

Volocopter has already been conducting test flights in the Paris region for over a year in preparation for the Olympics. The company is working on the project with Groupe ADP, which manages Paris airports, the state metro and bus operator RATP, and the government of the Île-de-France region.

The flying taxi will fly between Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport and nearby Paris-Le Bourget Airport, as well as a heliport near Versailles and a barge-mounted vertiport in the Seine in southeastern Paris.

The developers claim that the use of electric motors will reduce the cost of air mobility and minimize environmental pollution. Ile-de-France President Valerie Pecresse said the region would spend one million euros to build the barge.

The Volocopter is waiting for the green light from the European Aviation Safety Agency to be cleared to fly by spring 2024.

“Not an easy market”

Volocopter has invested $600 million in its flying taxi, a costly venture as it has not yet been made available to consumers.

“This is not an easy market to enter, you have high investments,” said CFO Christian Bauer.

“This is a challenge, but we are very close to the commercial phase,” he added.

The company has already received 300 pre-orders from private firms for its eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft.

In addition to selling aircraft, Volocopter will manage routes with an app that will allow online bookings.

Whether eVTOL planes will be as easy to take as Uber is an open question, but the aerospace industry is taking their potential impact seriously and for the first time they have their own dedicated space at an air show.

Flying taxis promise to make our citiestravel faster, easier and cleaner, and promote the development of the economy and tourism. However, they also face a number of issues such as safety, noise and regulation. Can this new form of transportation take off or will it just be a dream?

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