RSAF members had the opportunity to tour the Volocopter Showcase and ITE College Central hangar on 15 Nov 2023, in a visit coordinated by AAIS. We thank ITE and Volocopter for their kind arrangements.

To begin, participants were given a briefing on the 3 aircraft types under development. These were the VoloCity for intracity travel, the VoloRegion for intercity flights and the VoloDrone for cargo flights (200 kg payload). The 2-seater VoloCity is pending initial airworthiness approvals by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), with first commercial flight expected in Paris in 2024. Plans for Singapore are initially for a tourism use case, with flights over Marina Bay and Kallang Basin.

After an explanation and demonstration of the VoloPort check-in experience, participants were treated to a walk-round the full-scale VoloCity mock-up. This included a demonstration of its 18 rotors powered by low-noise electric motors, quick-swap battery compartment, and cockpit configured for autonomous flight. Participants also enjoyed a virtual reality flight experience.