ADAC Luftrettung reserves two Volocopter multicopters
ADAC Luftrettung has reserved two VoloCity eVTOL aircraft, built by Volocopter. The reservation comes after ADAC Luftrettung published a feasibility study about piloted multicopters, which concluded that “air rescue with piloted multicopters is possible, makes sense, and improves the emergency medical care of the population”. It aims to conduct operational tests in 2023.
“Volocopter is the only eVTOL on the market that is advanced enough to reliably plan a test programme with for our purposes,” says Frédéric Bruder, Managing Director of the non-profit ADAC Luftrettung. Volocopter will deliver the multicopters after certification.
By reserving two VoloCitys, ADAC Luftrettung positions itself to be the first to perform operational testing of eVTOLs as transport for emergency medical doctors worldwide.
“Our partnership with ADAC Luftrettung, Europe’s largest helicopter operator, clearly demonstrates the potential Volocopter multicopter technology brings across all areas of mobility— in this case as a new means to get medical help to more people, faster,” remarked Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter.
ADAC Luftrettung’s study was published after simulating more than 26,000 emergency operations with multicopters for the Ansbach rescue service area with the air rescue bases in Dinkelsbühl, Bavaria and in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate.
Volocopter is the world’s first and only eVTOL startup to have European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Design Organisation Approval (DOA) and plans to launch their air taxi services in the next two to three years.