In a press release transmission On January 15, 2021, the RATP group announced the winners of the call for international expressions of interest for the structuring of an urban air mobility sector. Objective: to bring together an urban air mobility ecosystem in Île-de-France Airbus and Volocopter are among the selected companies.
RATP wants to develop the Urban Air Mobility sector
On October 1, 2020, a call for expressions of international interest was launched with the support of the Île-de-France region. A completely new initiative in Europe according to the RATP. All in all, 150 applications were received from 25 different countries. The RATP, the ADP group and Choose Region Region want to start experiments with flying taxis from June 2021. These first tests will take place at Pontoise Airfield, which will be inaugurated on September 30, 2020.
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According to Edward Arkwright, Executive Director of Groupe ADP: “The success of this call shows a strong mobilization to structure an air mobility sector in Île-de-France. In addition to all these actors from industry, teaching and research and thanks to the establishment of an unprecedented test zone in Europe at our Pontoise airfield, we will do this now be able to accelerate its development. Today, Groupe ADP aims to explore and enable all future aviation prospects, low carbon and innovative. “.
Goal: the Olympic Games in 2024
From June 2021 take-off and landing operations can be carried out at this airfield. RATP specifies that the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is assigned to the project to monitor its progress. Volocopter is the first manufacturer of a Vertical Takeoff Electric Vehicle (eVTOL) to be selected. The company will therefore be the first to test its flying machine. With a series of tests at Helsinki Airport, she has proven that her flying taxi is compatible with the rest of the air traffic.
Other actors like Airbus with the Vahana or Ehang were also selected. Catherine Guillouard, CEO of the RATP Group, states the following: “The urban air mobility sector has taken a new step with this call for expressions of interest, which has been a real success. As a partner of the cities, the RATP Group is happy to contribute to the development of this new mobility, which complements our historical modes of transport, and to its good integration into the urban environment with a view to the Olympic Games 2024. “.
You will understand, the goal is Creating an entire ecosystem around carbon-free aviation for the 2024 Olympics. If the tests prove conclusive, the urban air mobility sector could well be one commercial offer until 2030.