Volocopter, a pioneer in urban air mobility (UAM), has successfully completed its inaugural flight test at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) in New York City (NYC). The crewed Volocopter 2X took centre stage at the world’s largest public event showcasing multiple electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in an urban setting. Hosted by Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), this achievement marks another milestone for Volocopter, having previously demonstrated its capabilities in Singapore.
Against the backdrop of Lower Manhattan’s iconic skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge, the Volocopter 2X electric air taxi gracefully navigated the East River conditions, providing a stable, quiet and smooth flight experience. The multicopter design, tailored for short- to mid-range urban missions, contributed to the aircraft’s zero-emission flight and minimal noise pollution, imperceptible in the bustling metropolis of NYC.
The success of this flight underscores Volocopter’s commitment to delivering safe, quiet, and sustainable UAM solutions to megacities globally. In conjunction with the event, the City of New York unveiled a visionary plan for the future of Downtown Manhattan, aiming to reduce emissions and noise pollution while enhancing the quality of life for residents. The proposed transformation of heliports, like Downtown Manhattan, into eVTOL-friendly facilities aligns with the city’s goal of diversifying mobility options to alleviate congestion while meeting the transportation needs of one of the world’s busiest cities. Recognized as a vital transport hub, DMH not only facilitates efficient travel to neighbouring airports but also serves as a launching point for scenic flights, allowing visitors to marvel at the breath-taking NYC skyline.