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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Aviation Calendar 2018
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Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: email@example.com Cell: 082 804 703223 to 25 January Modern Airports Africa 2018 Nairobi, Kenya
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10 February SAPFA Rand Airport Challenge
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10 February SAPFA AGM Rand Airport at 14h00
Contact Rob Jonkers E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 804 7032
15 to 17 February SAPFA committee bosberaad – Paddafontien, Thabazimbi
26 Feb to 1 March HAI HELI-EXPO in Dallas, Texas, USA
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3 March SAPFA Virginia Fun Rally – Virginia Airport
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9 to 11 March Aero Club of South Africa Air Week at Middelburg airfield
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We are planning for:
- Spot landing competitions (for everything that got airborne, including hot air balloons and gyrocopters
- Fun rallies for all aircraft types and speeds (short duration introduction navigational rallies)
- Fly markets (sell the aviation things you no longer need)
- On airfield camping (arrangements are being made for those who want to but do not want to carry a tent – just like Oshkosh, which will be run by Neil Bowden)
- Drone racing
- Forums on various topics
- Introduction to Aerobatics – all classes and judging initiation
- Balloon nightglows (needs to be seen)
Anything that flies (except mosquitos) are welcome. This is an aviation event for aviators. Lots of Avgas available. Come showcase your plane and in turn get to look at all the things you wanted to. The sky will be kept as open as possible for you to fly, take a friend for a flip.
Contact Andre van Rooyen E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 082 417 017412 to 14 April SAPFA Rally Nationals and Fun Rally at Brits Airfield
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14 April Zebula Airshow
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AERO dedicates itself to offering a significant collection of aviation related products and accessories. Exhibitors will be showing engines, modern ultra-lights, powered aircraft, avionics and related products and services. Over the years, this show has gained a huge reputation from all over the world and the positive reaction from the attendees have motivated the exhibitors to improve the existing range and manufacture more such effective spare parts and products.21 & 22 April SAC KNZ regionals – Ladysmith airfield
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27 to 28 April EAA National Convention Vryheid Airfield
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27 April to 1 May NAC annual fly-away 10th edition
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28 April SAPFA EAA Convention Fun Rally Vryheid Airfield
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28 April Wings & Wheels Uitenhage
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5 May Swartkops Airshow
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7 to 9 May Airport show in Dubai – United Arab Emirates
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Contact Frank Eckard E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 269 151611 to 13 May Battlefields Country Lodge Annual fly-in Website: www.battlefieldslodge.co.za
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12 May Lowveld Airshow at the Nelspruit Airfield Tel: 013 741 6412
Contact Monica Fourie E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 083 619 3597
12 May Swellengrebel Flying Club 60th birthday fly-in
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15 to 18 May NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show near Bothaville, Free State
Contact Wim Venter Tel: 086 004 7246 E-mail: Wim@grainsa.co.za
16 to 18 May Drone Con 2018 Vodaworld Centre in Midrand
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17 & 18 May 8th Aviation Training and Education Summit Shanghai, China
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Contact Annie Boon E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to 26 May President’s Trophy Air Race Tempe Airfield, Bloemfontein
Website: www.sapfa.org.za E-mail: Race@sapfa.org.za
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Race director Robin Spencer-Scarr: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 May Matsieng Airshow
Contact Riaan van Vuuren E-mail: email@example.com Tel: +26 771 66 1201
29 to 31 May European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.
Contact Bianca Dorneanu E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +32 2 766 00 72
AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Security services closed Tripoli’s M’etiga international airport after the Libyan national carrier, Afriqiyah had a number of aircraft damaged last week in gun battles that saw 16 people killed and 48 people injured. “As a result of the clashes at M’etiga international airport, we regret to inform you that our aircraft fleet (five airplanes, including a cargo plane) has suffered great damage. This damage, unfortunately, prevents the fleet from flying again.” Afriqiyah Airways said in a statement.
Libya’s UN-backed government issued a statement condemning the attack, saying it “threatened the lives of travellers, nearby residents and the safety of air traffic.” Last week’s attack was the most violent one the airport has witnessed for some time, as gunmen attacked the airport and the prison inside it, where hundreds of terrorists have been detained. Afriqiyah said flights from Misurata and M’etiga airports have been suspended until further notice.
Ethiopian Airlines announced that finalising shareholders agreement with the Government of Zambia for the re-launch of Zambia Airways. The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will have 45% stakes in the airline. “In line with our Vision 2025 multiple hubs strategy in Africa, we are very happy that the discussions with the Zambian government have been crowned with success,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The launching of Zambia Airways will enable the traveling public in Zambia and the southern African region to enjoy greater connectivity options, thereby facilitating the flow of investment, trade, and tourism, and contributing to the socio-economic growth of the country and the region”.
The revived airline is meant to initially serve national and regional destinations before embarking on international flights. Ethiopian Airlines is the largest Aviation Group in Africa. The national flag carrier currently operates hubs in Lomé (Togo) with ASKY Airlines and Malawian in Lilongwe (Malawi).
Zambia Airways was the state-owned flag carrier of the Republic of Zambia. Founded in 1964 as Central African Airways subsidiary, the airline operated for thirty years before going bankrupt in 1994 and finally ceasing operations in 1995. Zambia Airways is not to be confused with Zambian Airways – an unrelated airline, which operated in Zambia between 1948 and 2009.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
On 18 January 2018 Dubai-based Emirates Airline signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at latest list prices. Following delivery of its first A380 in July 2008, Emirates took its 100th A380 on 3 November 2017 in Hamburg.
The A380 flies 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometres) non-stop and can accommodate 575 passengers in 4 classes. The spacious, quiet cabin, smooth and most comfortable ride have made the A380 today’s passenger favourite, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies. To date over 200 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every two minutes an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 240 airports around the world, ready to accommodate this magnificent aircraft. To date, 222 A380s have been delivered to 13 Airlines.
Rumour: Boeing wants to buy Embraer, but faces military objection
Reuters is told by sources familiar with the matter, Boeing wants to get the green light for a tie-up with the world’s third-largest plane maker. But the deal is objected by the Brazilian military, which fears that Embraer’s ownership by an American company could affect the country’s defence programmes. The news that Boeing and Embraer are looking for a ‘potential combination’ broke out in December 2017. Both companies confirmed the rumours on 21 December 2017. They stated that are “engaged in discussions regarding a potential combination, the basis of which remains under discussion” and noted that there is “no guarantee a transaction will result from these discussions”.
As a response to Airbus and Bombardier collaboration on CSeries, announced earlier in 2017, the talks appeared logical, although unlikely to be carried through. For instance, Canaccord Genuity aviation analyst Ken Herbert said in a note to investors, “We are not surprised the two companies have held talks, but we view an eventual agreement as unlikely, and we do not see the benefit for Boeing aside from as a defensive move.”
A top Pakistani official says the country will attempt to privatise its national airline before parliamentary elections are held later this year. Privatization Minister Daniyal Aziz told the Reuters news agency in an interview published on 14 January that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party wants to restart sales of loss-making, state-run businesses as soon as possible. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been losing money in the face of well-capitalised regional Gulf rivals such as Etihad and Emirates.
PIA was one of 68 state-owned entities set for privatization in 2013 as part of a deal in which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would provide some $6.7 billion to help Islamabad avoid a default.
The privatization of PIA stalled in 2016 after staff protests and the government then moved to block the sale. But Aziz said his Privatization Commission has drawn up new plans for the sale of PIA and that the proposals would be taken to the cabinet committee on privatization.
“Next step would be going to the cabinet committee and that is imminent” Aziz said. He added that the new plan would see the core airline business being separated from other holdings, such as catering, hotels and maintenance. The core airline would then be sold, he said, although he did not provide an estimated value for the unit.
Emirates and Etihad showed interest in acquiring PIA before the government blocked the sell-off and are still looking into a deal, The Express Tribune newspaper reported, citing an unnamed official. “The Privatisation Commission found potential strategic buyers for two top loss-making, state-owned entities: PIA and Pakistan Steel Mills,” the official told the newspaper. He added that because of time restraints ahead of the elections, the Privatisation Commission will attempt to arrange deals for one state company per sector.
Boeing and Adient announced the formation of Adient Aerospace, a joint venture that will develop, manufacture and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and aircraft leasing companies. The seats will be available for installation on new airplanes and as retrofit configurations for aircraft produced by Boeing and other commercial airplane manufacturers.
Adient Aerospace’s operational headquarters, technology center and initial production plant will be located in Kaiserslautern, Germany, near Frankfurt. The joint venture’s initial customer service center will be based in Seattle, Washington. Adient Aerospace aftermarket spare parts distribution will be performed exclusively through Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boeing. Adient is the majority stakeholder in the new company (50.01%) and expects the joint venture to be included in its consolidated financial statements. Boeing (as 49.99% partner) will receive a proportionate share of the earnings and cash flow. Both will have representation on Adient Aerospace’s board of directors.
Industry analysts forecast the commercial aircraft seating market to grow from approximately $4.5 billion in 2017 to $6 billion by 2026.
Japan Airlines leads globally in punctuality, with 85 percent arrived on time last year, followed by All Nippon Airways with 84 percent. UK-based airlines such as British Airways and easyJet also rank in the TOP-20 for annual time performance of the world’s largest airlines: BA with 79 per cent and easyJet with 75 percent both departing and arriving on time. John Grant, senior analyst at OAG, said: “BA and easyJet are certainly holding their own amongst their global counterparts.” Latvia-based AirBaltic took the top position as the most punctual airline in the world with over 90% of the planes arriving on time.US carriers are one of the strongest in the world, finishing with five airlines in global TOP-10 in the Mega Airlines rankings. Hawaiian Airlines was named the most punctual airline in the world with 87.2 per cent, while Delta Airlines got second position among all North American airlines and first among U.S. Mega Airlines with 82.7 per cent. U.S. airports are also among the winners in global ratings, finishing with seven of the top 20 airports in the new Mega Airports category, hubs that handle more than 30 million passengers a year and ten of the top 20 in the Major Airports category. Dallas Forth Worth, Denver and Chicago O’Hare were among biggest mega airports alongside with Singapore, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London Heathrow.
Hawaiian Airlines was the most punctual airline in North America in 2017 and the third most punctual in the world with an average on-time performance (OTP) of 87.2 percent. U.S. airports dominated the global rankings, finishing with seven of the top 20 airports in the new Mega Airports category and ten of the top 20 in the Major Airports category. Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) finished as the best-performing major airport in the world and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) finished as the third best-performing mega airport in the world.
Among the biggest winners was Delta Air Lines, which surpassed Alaska Airlines for second place in OTP among North American carriers. Delta Air Lines finished number three overall among the global Mega Airlines, a new category that compares the world’s top 20 operators. Hawaiian Airlines continues to dominate the OTP rankings in the U.S., finishing first among North American carriers for the fourth straight year. Overall, U.S. airlines had a strong showing in the Mega Airlines category, finishing with five carriers in the top 10: Delta Air Lines (3), Alaskan Airlines (5), United Airlines (7), American Airlines (9) and Southwest (10).
While North American carriers performed admirably against their global peers, several airlines – including Hawaiian, Delta, Alaska, United, WestJet and Southwest, all saw a small dip in on-time performance in 2017. In fact, this year’s top performers (Hawaiian and Delta) saw year-over-year OTP decreases of 2.6 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. American Airlines was the only major U.S. carrier to improve OTP from 2016 to 2017, increasing its performance by .53 percent. Among all carriers in the U.S., United Airlines (79.8 percent) finished fourth, topping American Airlines (78.9 percent) by less than one percent in 2017. The three largest carriers in the U.S. all ranked among the top 10 in North America, a remarkable achievement given the frequency of flights.
U.S. airports continued to lead the way globally, with at least one airport finishing in the top five of the Large, Major and Mega Airport categories. Minneapolis International Airport (MSP) finished in first place in the Major Airports category globally with an OTP of 85.7 percent. The new Mega Airport category featured many U.S. airports including Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL; 3rd with an OTP of 82.3 percent), Denver (DEN; 4th with an OTP of 82.2 percent), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW; 5th with an OTP of 81.3 percent) and Chicago O’Hare (ORD; 7th with an OTP of 79.8 percent). The U.S. finished with seven airports in the top 20 Mega Airport category.
“Flight delays and cancellations have historically been one of the most stressful aspects of travel,” said Mike Benjamin, COO of OAG. “That’s slowly changing as more airports and airlines prioritise on-time performance. In 2017, we saw the investments in punctuality pay-off: The U.S. performed exceptionally well against its global counterparts, with five airlines and four airports finishing in the top 10 globally in their respective Mega categories.”
OAG also analysed OTP for the top 20 business international and domestic routes, based on the highest frequency of arriving and departing flights:
Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) finished as the seventh most-trafficked domestic route globally, with a frequency of 34,897 and an average OTP of 63.8. United Airlines was the route’s top performer, with an OTP of 74.8.
Hong Kong (HKG) to Taipei (TPE) was the most-heavily trafficked international route in 2017, with a frequency of 29,494 and an average OTP of 70.9.
In the U.S., New York La Guardia (LGA) to Chicago (ORD) was the best-performing route within the Busiest Domestic Route category, with an average OTP of 73.7. United Airlines was the route’s top performer (76.9), narrowly edging out American (76.8).
The OAG punctuality league is derived from the most comprehensive airline schedules database in the world and is the most transparent global benchmark for the world’s airlines and airports. To qualify for inclusion in the OAG punctuality league, the OAG schedules database must have data for at least 80 percent of all scheduled flights operated by an airline or for an airport. OAG’s definition of on-time performance (OTP) is flights that arrive or depart within 14 minutes and 59 seconds (under 15 minutes) of their scheduled arrival / departure times.
Russian Helicopters started flight tests of the Mi-171E multipurpose helicopter with upgraded power unit and rotor system at Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP). It is planned to finish them by the end of the 2017. Due to innovations, economic efficiency of Mi-171E helicopter was enhanced significantly. Mi-171E helicopter is equipped with a new rotor and X-shaped tail rotor with blades made of polymer composite materials, upgraded swash plate, Russian-made VK-2500PS-03 engine with a FADEC-type digital control system, and with modified stabilizer and keel beam.
All components of the carrier system are lighter, their resources have increased and maintenance complexity is decreased. Digital de-icing system for composite blades of main and tail rotor is also a new feature. Resources of the VK-2500PS-03 engines with emergency mode power of 2700 HP are increased by 1.5 times. FADEC-type digital engine control system adapts controls to external conditions, significantly reduces the weight and volume of the electronic units of the system and connecting cables, ensures synchronization of the engine working mode by turbocharger rotation frequency. It allows maintaining the optimum performance of engines with minimal fuel consumption. Auxiliary power unit Safir 5K/G MI with a powerful 20kW generator provides greater height of the engine starting and fuel economy.
LOT, Polish carrier, made an emergency landing at Warsaw Chopin airport on 10 January 2018, after the wheel collapsing of Q400 turboprop, the aircraft landed on its belly. The 63 people onboard avoided injuries. The preliminary reason for the accident appears to be a chassis failure on Bombardier Q400 aircraft. Reportedly, a nose gear collapse caused the aircraft to hit the runway.
Warsaw Chopin airport confirmed the news and informed that passenger injuries were avoided. “All passengers of the LO 3924 flight on LOT’s Bombardier Q400 board (SP-EQG) that landed with an emergency landing at Warsaw Chopin Airport are safe and were taken care of immediately”, a statement by the airport informed. “The cause of the incident will be put through a detailed investigation”.
Tensions between the Gulf neighbours are beginning to rise again with the UAE complaint to the United Nations watchdog regarding Qatar’s warplanes. On 15 January 2018, the UAE officials declared that Qatari fighter jets allegedly intercepted two Emirati civilian airplanes en route to Bahrain. UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi told Reuters that UAE are accusing Qatar of violating Chicago Convention in their complaint to the ICAO. On `17 January UAE’s Foreign Affairs minister said in his official Twitter account that recent developments in the Qatari intercepted passenger planes accident can have two explanations. “The first is that it is an escalation stemming from worry and confusion and the second is a desperate attempt fearing marginalisation. Our response will be balanced and legal and its aim will be to secure flight routes and passenger’s lives,” he added.
The State of Qatar announced that the claims of its fighter-planes intercepting the UAE civil aircraft are completely false. They also said that detailed statement will follow. Earlier in January 2018, Qatar also reported that it had notified the United Nations of its airspace violation by the UAE military aircraft. King’s College London academic, Andreas Krieg, who previously worked as a security consultant to the Qatari armed forces, said that the UAE spreading ‘fake news’ and Qatar would not break IATA laws. “Qatar is in full compliance with IATA regulations,” Krieg told Al Jazeera. “Qatar has built its entire narrative on being a reliable partner in multilateral organisations and institutions.”
Earlier in 2017, a diplomatic scandal erupted around Qatar authorities who were accused of supporting ‘terrorism and rendering financial assistance to terrorist groups’. At that time, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Libya, as well as the Maldives, the Comoros, Mauritius and Mauritania discontinue their diplomatic relations with Qatar.
“VSS Unity successfully completed her seventh glide flight! It’s been a few months since our last flight, during which we worked through a planned period of focused ground time. This involved extensive analysis, testing and small modifications to ensure vehicle readiness for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight. Today we tested that work by pushing Unity’s atmospheric capabilities hard, touching top-end glide speeds as pilots Mark ‘Forger’ Stucky and Michael ‘Sooch’ Masucci completed a busy test card.”
Alongside confirming the work that has taken place on the ground, the glide flight tested transonic flight performance, stability and control. After release from mothership VMS Eve, the spaceship was immediately pushed into a sharp descent, accelerating to Mach 0.9 which is around the maximum airspeed we can achieve without igniting the rocket motor!
At this stage of the glide flight programme, each flight is essentially a dry run for rocket-powered test flights. Where possible the team replicates those powered flight conditions by, for example, adding water ballast to simulate the weight and positioning of the rocket motor. As during previous flights, the water ballast was jettisoned at around 22,000 feet, allowing the pilots to complete the flight and land in a lighter configuration, again simulating the conditions which will apply during space flight. Also as a precursor to powered flight, VSS Unity flew today with her thermal protection system (TPS) fully applied. This ensures that heat loads generated by air friction during rocket-powered boost and supersonic re-entry cause no damage to the vehicle. It’s a good look though, with the upper surfaces of the previously white feather flaps now covered in a protective silvered film.
WORLD DRONE NEWS
The new tanker is expected to blend Thrush’s large airframe and airborne delivery system expertise with Drone America’s ‘Ariel’ amphibious platform, resulting in an aircraft capable of delivering some 800 gallons of water or fire retardant, autonomously. The aircraft will also have the ability to conduct long-duration tactical surveillance flights over a fire to give firefighters, operations managers and public safety coordinators on the ground real-time understanding of conditions and fire behaviour.In addition to tanker duties, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) orbiting high above other firefighting aircraft and equipped with infrared cameras, sensors and integrated communications equipment are particularly well-suited to systematically map and communicate fire intensity, rate and direction of spread. This high-level, on-scene intelligence gathering not only greatly enhances civilian and firefighter safety on the ground, but also helps solve one of the most vexing problems of disaster response: linking voice and data transmissions across different and otherwise incompatible communication systems. Teams from both companies will also explore other unmanned heavy-payload applications such as humanitarian aid, disaster relief, remote cargo transportation and maritime patrol, for which airframes from Thrush could be uniquely suited.
EVO is a portable camera drone with foldable arms and a sleek, compact form factor. The drone was introduced last week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, but has not yet been released for retail sale. The EVO will be equipped with a 4K UHD camera on a 3-Axis Gimbal. The company says EVO’s camera records beautiful high definition footage at 60 fps. Rear and front sensors let EVO fly with multiple intelligent flight modes and obstacle avoidance. EVO’s controller has a built-in 3.3-inch OLED screen with live HD dual band transmission and a 7KM range.
EVO is designed for missions such as dynamic tracking and 3D mapping. By downloading the Autel Explorer app, users have access to additional features including autonomous flight modes like Orbit, GPS Follow, Dynamic Track, Viewpoint, and Waypoint mission planning, as well as customize settings to the user’s personal preference. The EVO will fly for up to 30 minutes on a single charge and recharge in about 80 minutes, whilst its advertised top speed is about 40 knots.
During the Intel keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show at the Park Theatre in Las Vegas, German Air Taxi company Volocopter announced that it has taken Intel CEO Brian Krzanich as the very first passenger of a Volocopter. “That was fantastic. That was the best flight I have ever had. Everybody will fly one of these someday.” said Krzanich after completing the flight. “Autonomous Air Taxis are coming. Nothing shows our confidence better than taking a passenger aboard. We are happy it was Brian Krzanich of our strategic partner Intel” says Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter, “Although the Volocopter might resemble a Helicopter, it really is a flying super computer creating a pleasant and safe ride.” The flight was remotely piloted and took place in an exhibition hall in Germany in December 2017.
The Volocopter features very stable and safe flight characteristics, designed for operating as autonomous air taxis in megacities. Volocopter leverages Intel technology including flight control solutions with redundancy and safety features. The smooth flight is enabled by dozens of microprocessors monitoring the environment for turbulences, winds, etc. and sending signals in milliseconds to the rotors. These can react and perform the slightest adjustments instantly due to their battery powered electric motors. “From when we performed our first manned flight in 2011, we knew that safety is what we are really offering,” says Alex Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter. Volocopter has already received a permit-to-fly in Germany, flies regularly and has conducted autonomous test flights in Dubai.