Confirmed purchase of two VoloCity aircraft at the Paris Air Show for start of initial flight operations
Future Volocopter aircraft intended for operational use in emergency medical service missions
Munich/Bruchsal, 19 June 2023 – Today, ADAC Luftrettung and Volocopter entered a collaboration partnership to customize next-generation electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) for rescue services. Two milestone agreements were signed at the Paris Air Show: one to purchase two VoloCity aircraft, and another with the intention of securing 150 additional units of Volocopter’s eVTOLs as part of this collaboration. The two VoloCity aircraft will start research operations in late 2024 to provide ADAC Luftrettung’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as supplementary aircraft in Germany. Upon successful completion of these first operations, the additional eVTOLs will be considered for use in future rescue missions.
Since 2018, nonprofit ADAC Luftrettung, and Volocopter, have been a part of a joint eVTOL feasibility study in EMS and rescue operations, sponsored by the ADAC Foundation with the Institut für Notfallmedizin und Medizinmanagement (INM, Institute for Emergency Medicine and Medical Management) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. The study computer-simulated aeromedical missions in two regions in Germany, and theoretically proved that the introduction of eVTOLs in life-saving situations would add a significant tactical advantage, from a technical, sustainable, and operational standpoint. Today, the two companies announced they will take this partnership to the next level, with ADAC Luftrettung to purchase the two VoloCity aircraft it reserved in 2020, and have the intention of securing 150 additional units of eVTOLs specifically for its future EMS and rescue missions.
The two VoloCity aircraft are expected to go into research operations in Germany after receiving the type certificate from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2024. A pilot and an emergency physician will be dispatched to incident locations – to supplement, not to replace – rescue helicopters in order to provide rapid assistance from the air. After the successful completion of at least a two-year research operation in the German towns of Idar-Oberstein and Dinkelsbühl, and their immediate regions, ADAC Luftrettung may deploy next-generation Volocopter eVTOLs in its rescue service operations roster.