With as many as 60,000 pilots potentially required within advanced air mobility’s first decade of operation, Volocopter needs to develop a training solution from the ground up
➨ This futuristic aircraft is scheduled to take flight in 2024
➨ CAE will provide AI and virtual and mixed reality technologies, as well as data analytics, to prepare and train pilots
➨ The EU Aviation Safety Agency is currently certifying VoloCity
VoloCity is the electric aircraft of urban air mobility company Volocopter. It is one of a range that is designed to relieve today’s heavily fossil-fuelled, inner-city traffic for both people and goods.
This futuristic aircraft is scheduled to take flight in 2024. In order to properly train the number of pilots required to meet expected demand, Volocopter has turned to aviation training provider CAE and a range of technological solutions, including virtual and mixed reality.
The innovative training programme for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) operations will use CAE’s AI and virtual and mixed reality technologies, as well as data analytics, to prepare and train pilots.
As many as 60,000 pilots could be required within advanced air mobility’s first decade of operation, according to CAE. This means training needs to be delivered quickly and effectively, and programmes to provide it built from the ground up.
In response to Volocopter’s projected pilot demand, CAE has committed to investing up to $40 million in instructors, technology and course materials.
As part of the agreement, CAE will deploy training equipment and instructors in lockstep with Volocopter’s growth. The company will also purchase a simulator for training certification.
CAE will also create new, student-centric courseware, specifically designed for eVTOL training and provide pilot trainees with customised resources to make the process as quick and efficient as possible.
On top of VoloCity, Volocopter’s aircraft for people, the company is also developing VoloConnect, and VoloDrone for goods.
The EU Aviation Safety Agency is currently certifying VoloCity and Volocopter expects the aircraft and service to launch in time for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Combining future-oriented technologies to ensure aviation safety
Florian Reuter, chief executive officer of Volocopter, comments: “As we scale our urban air mobility services in cities around the world, specific pilot training and qualification for our Volocopters will be an important element.”
“We are proud to be partnering with CAE, who have a track record in developing best-in-class, innovative pilot training solutions for new aircraft programmes. It will greatly benefit Volocopter’s entry-into-service timeline and scale.”
Reuter adds: “We are excited about CAE’s endorsement and look forward to collaborating as partners focused on combining future-oriented technologies to ensure aviation safety.”
Nick Leontidis, president of the civil aviation training solutions at CAE, adds: “As a high-technology company and the industry leader in pilot training, we continuously look at providing solutions that make the world a safer place.”
“We are committed to supporting Volocopter’s inspiring vision and we look forward to leading in the design of urban air mobility pilot training that prioritises safety of operations through our data-driven solutions, world-class pilot training experience, and longstanding relationships with civil aviation authorities across the globe.”