Volocopter plans first aerial taxi port in Singapore

Volocopter plans first aerial taxi port in Singapore
Published: 29 May 2019 - 10 a.m.
Volocopter has partnered with Skyports, a company focused on building and operating critical infrastructure for urban air mobility and drone deliveries, to create the first landing and operations base for the aerial taxi operations.

The Volo-Port is due to become operational by the second half of this year, to be able to conduct scheduled public flight trials.

The Volo-Ports will be the first dedicated vertiport, which provides the physical landing pads for eVTOL (electric take-off and landing) vehicles and passenger facilities.

Volocopter says the launch of this first vertiport will allow for real-life testing of the passenger experience and will showcase what aerial taxi customers can expect in terms of check-in, lounges and boarding.

The vertiport will also allow for practical testing of ground operations and services, including battery swaps and charging, maintenance, safety and security.

The facility also provides the opportunity for authorities and industry regulators to interact with the infrastructure and provide feedback on designs.

“Receiving the commercial license for air taxi aircraft is a question of time, not a possibility. We are thus focusing on shaping the necessary ecosystem around UAM including air traffic management, city regulation and the take-off and landing infrastructure. It takes visionary partners like Skyports and Brandlabs willing to make investments to actively shape the future of urban air mobility,” said Alex Zosel, Co-Founder of Volocopter. “Once regulation comes through on the aviation and city level – and this will be sooner than most think - we will be ready to take off.”

“Each individual Volo-Port is designed so that it can stand alone or connect to other ports in numerous formations, enabling rapid deployment and scalability. We have analysed the available spaces and movement dynamics in city centres across the world and recognize that infrastructure is a key enabler for the emerging UAM market. We are delighted to be building the world’s first operational Volo-Port in partnership with Volocopter,” added Duncan Walker, Managing Director of Skyports.

The prototype Volo-Port has been designed by agency Brandlab, with a design that is intended to merge with its surroundings, allowing passengers and passers-by to see through the whole structure. Brandlab together with Graft Architects and Arup won the Volocopter international tender to produce the Volo-Port design.

“Mobility patterns in cities worldwide are changing rapidly - seamless transitions from one mode to another are crucial for transport efficiencies and changing passenger demands. Our design of the architecture, as well as all services along the whole customer journey, link ground to air infrastructure in the smoothest way possible. Passengers experience the connection to the sky through our design. We aim to build trust and create excitement,” said Linda Stannieder, Co-Founder and CEO of Brandlab.

Source: Logistics Middle East

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