Volocopter is the first electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) startup to receive official approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The German company has been awarded Design Organisation Approval (DOA) following a series of thorough audits. It means that Volocopter is performing its tasks as an aircraft manufacturer in a controlled and safe manner.
The key effect of having a DOA is that EASA exercises surveillance on the company as a whole, and the involvement can be reduced to fewer steps on the way to the final commercial certification.
Consequently, product development can be conducted at a faster pace by the approved organisation.
“Receiving this seal of approval from EASA is testament to our rigorously professional processes, world class team, and devotion to safety here at Volocopter,” said Jan-Hendrik Boelens, CTO and Head of Design Organization of Volocopter.
“Design Organisation Approval is a crucial step towards receiving commercial certification and brings air taxis ever closer,” added Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
Volocopter has had a series of milestones this year, including establishing a VoloPort for its air taxis in Singapore.