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Flying taxis in Ile-de-France: tests in real conditions at the end of winter

2021-11-25T18:16:53.958Z

About thirty industrialists and institutions will carry out tests in real conditions for future flying taxis in Ile-de-France from the end ...



Thirty industrialists and institutions will conduct tests in real conditions for future flying taxis in Ile-de-France from the end of winter at an airport in Val-d'Oise, announced Thursday the promoters of this project.

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"

We are going to create the first European vertiport here

", enthusiastically enthusiastically said Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Groupe ADP, manager of Ile-de-France airports, by participating in the inauguration of this area installed at Pontoise-Cormeilles-en airport. -Vexin, 35 km north-west of Paris.

"The

'

social acceptability'

"

This inauguration kicks off the first experiments in real conditions on electric vehicles with vertical takeoff and landing

" (eVTOL, their acronym), according to a joint press release from ADP, the Ile-de-France Region and of the RATP. The transport company will provide the project with its laboratory analyzing noise and vibrations, explained to AFP its CEO, Catherine Guillouard: even much quieter than helicopters, "

it is very important that these new vehicles and their operation is acceptable to the population

”.

The first eVTOL tested will be that of the German company Volocopter, but other start-ups such as Vertical Aerospace, Ascendance and Lilium are participating in the project, as are Airbus and Thales.

Pontoise airport was chosen because it is a "

complete

airport

, with a 1,600-meter runway, a fire station, a control tower

", remarked Edward Arkwright, number 2 of ADP. : “

We want to test all the components of the system

” during these operations which will start “at the

end of February, beginning of March

”.

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There is also the question of the “

social acceptability

” of these devices, recognized Catherine Guillouard, who hopes to see flying taxis transporting “a

few thousand passengers every day

at the end of the decade

. The objective is to limit the cost of a race to "

twice the price of a VTC

", or a hundred euros, according to her. Subject to certification, the project participants would like to set up two experimental lines, showcases of their know-how, during the 2024 Olympic Games: Issy-les-Moulineaux - Saint-Cyr (Yvelines) heliport, and Roissy- Le Bourget-Paris.

These are not gimmicks that will be tested here.

These are technologies that are going to change the aeronautics industry

”, enthusiastic Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, welcoming projects that bring into“

reality

”mobility so far“

imaginary

”seen in

projects.

films like “

Back to the Future

” or “

The Fifth Element

”.

Source: lefigaro

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