November 29, 2023

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Watch: Neom, Volocopter full first air taxi take a look at flight in Saudi Arabia

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The flight take a look at marketing campaign lasted over every week and constructed on 18 months of collaboration between Neom, the Common Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), and Volocopter.

Nadhmi Al Nasr, CEO of NEOM, stated: “The profitable take a look at flight of a Volocopter eVTOL is not only one other milestone in the direction of the creation of Neom’s progressive, sustainable, multimodal transportation system – it’s a tangible instance of Neom as a world accelerator and incubator of options to the world’s most urgent challenges. Driving the event of good, sustainable, and protected mobility programs will enhance livability and connectivity in cities world wide and scale back carbon emissions, making a cleaner future for all.”

Abdulaziz A. Al Duailej, President of GACA, stated: “This protected and profitable take a look at flight represents an essential milestone of the Saudi aviation sector and one other regular step in the direction of reaching the aviation sector’s technique, by means of innovation and using rising applied sciences to create new industries that contribute to the output GDP and create extra jobs. It additionally confirms GACA’s dedication to enabling the protected integration of progressive air transport patterns that enhance the mobility expertise of people in city areas and the standard of life within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

The take a look at marketing campaign centered on the flight efficiency of the Volocopter plane in native local weather and environmental situations, in addition to testing its integration into the native unmanned plane system visitors administration (UTM) system.

Volocopter eVTOLs will likely be key to Neom’s good and sustainable multimodal mobility system, which will likely be powered by 100 per cent renewable vitality, generated by photo voltaic and wind vitality sources. They are going to be utilized in a wide range of roles, together with as air taxis and emergency response automobiles, and are quieter, extra simply adaptable, and cheaper to function than the helicopters usually employed at the moment. They’ve smaller on-ground infrastructure footprint, fewer working restrictions, and make use of good and autonomous capabilities that guarantee each security and sustained relevance in future contexts.

The take a look at flight announcement builds on Neom’s 175 million euro funding and three way partnership with Volocopter.

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