Volocopter has secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with EASA after acquiring its long-term partner DG Flugzeugbau – meaning it is now the only company to hold both POA and Design Organisation Approvals to advance its aircraft towards commercial launch.
The German startup achieved DOA from EASA in December 2019 and through its compliance with EASA Part 21G and Part 21J, is set to bring its first commercial aircraft to market once type certification is completed and it obtains the air operator approval in compliance with EASA.
As part of this acquisition agreement, Volocopter will integrate DG Flugzeugbau’s aircraft production segment and EASA Part 21G POA. The entire team of highly specialised manufacturing experts will join Volocopter’s production and workshop teams. Another part of the acquisition agreement is to continue to honour existing sailplane production contracts, under the new ownership.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter: “Our ten-year partnership with DG Flugzeugbau has been an extraordinary learning experience. Having this legendary industry leader on our side to kick-start scalable and affordable UAM for people and cargo has been a game changer.
“Today marks an exciting milestone as we unify DG Flugzeugbau’s leadership in aviation production with Volocopter’s pioneering UAM goals to establish yet another crucial stepping-stone for our collective global endeavors.”
DG Flugzeugbau is renowned worldwide for its excellence in the production and development of glider aircraft, composite aircraft manufacturing, and the tuning of World-Championship-winning Red Bull Air-Race planes.
It has held production certification for more than 40 years, adhering to the highest safety and production standards according to EASA and the Federal Aviation Office of Germany. The production facilities are located in Bruchsal, near Volocopter’s headquarters and support serial production.
Together with DG Flugzeugbau, Volocopter designed and built the VC200, the first electrically powered multicopter to receive a permit to fly it in 2016 and flew this model autonomously in Dubai in 2017 and on stage at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Since then, the two companies have partnered to produce the Volocopter 2X, the VoloDrone and the VoloCity.
Holger Back, CEO of DG Aviation: “At DG Flugzeugbau, we have always continued to strive for perfection through unique innovation with gliders, vast aerodynamic improvements, and, for the past ten years, with Volocopter’s eVTOLs.
“We see the future in these aircraft and are excited to combine a section of our company with Volocopter to invest in the future of sustainable aviation while continuing our tradition of building gliders and maintaining aircraft.”
The remaining part of the former DG Flugzeugbau is being transitioned into the newly founded DG Aviation. With their Maintenance Organisation Part CAO and their Design Organisation Part-21J, they will continue developing and maintaining aircraft and will give the complete support for DG and LS gliders.
Volocopter’s certification with EASA is easily transferable across global markets, positioning it to launch services across Europe, Asia, and North America.