Volocopter, the pioneer of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), has completed its first manned test flight at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) in New York City (NYC). At the invitation of New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Volocopter 2X participated in the world’s largest and first public event to showcase multiple electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in a downtown environment. Volocopter successfully and safely performed flights in the heart of two of the world’s busiest metropolitan cities, NYC and Singapore. The success of this flight is further evidence of the company’s 2024 goal to bring safe, quiet and sustainable UAM to megacities worldwide.
As part of the event, the City of New York presented its vision for the future of the heliport in downtown Manhattan, which aims to reduce emissions and noise pollution and improve the quality of life for local residents. In future, eVTOL aircraft will also be able to take off from helipads such as the DMH. New York is also planning to reduce traffic congestion through additional mobility options while meeting the transportation needs of one of the world’s busiest cities. DMH is a well-known transportation hub for travelers needing a flight to neighboring airports or for tourist flights over the New York skyline.