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LDuring the Paris Olympics, electrical flying taxis will probably be examined. While these units can not but carry paying prospects, within the absence of certification, free demonstration flights with passengers could be potential, if the required authorizations are granted. In an interview with the every day West FranceAugustin de Romanet, head of Aéroports de Paris (ADP) supplied Emmanuel Macron the possibility to be “the first European to fly this type of vehicle”, indicating that he was “welcome”.

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For this challenge, ADP has partnered with the Ile-de-France area, which has mobilized 1.5 million euros, and the German start-up Volocopter, which manufactures the “Volocity”, which is meant to embody the greening ambitions of the polluting aeronautics business. This two-seater plane, together with the pilot's seat, is supplied with batteries powering 18 rotors organized in a crown above the cockpit.

Hope for Olympic authorization

It's a race against time. A few hours of engine testing are missing to obtain approval from the European certification body, in order to carry paying passengers. »said Augustin de Romanet. He says today he hopes have it on December 8, 2024 for the reopening of Notre-Dame since our 'vertiport' (runway for vertical takeoff and touchdown) is moored close to the cathedral »on the Seine.

READ ALSO Anne Hidalgo's conflict in opposition to the “blah blah blah”For the Olympic and Paralympic Games, we’re nonetheless combating to have certification for flying taxis, piloted by professionals, however with out paying passengers. »added the ADP boss.

While many elected municipal officers in Paris, from the bulk or the opposition, have expressed their hostility to those unitsjudging them to be elitist specifically, ADP and its companions reward the curiosity of Volocity (in bigger variations) for emergency medical transport (sufferers or grafts).