World's first manned flight with an electric multicopter.
On October 21st, 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an electric multicopter (VTOL), the so called volocopter VC1, at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted 90 seconds, after which the constructor and test pilot stated: "The flight characteristics are good natured. Without any steering input it would just hover there on the spot". This could be the future of aviation, piloting a vehicle as easy as a car. Oct 2011
e-volo Firmenportrait Volocopter VC200.
A more detailed look at the VC200 and the people behind it. German commentary with English subtitles.
Volocopter VC200 First Flight.
Two years after the first manned Volocopter VC1, the e-volo team presented the two-seater VC200. The first radio controlled flight tests took place on November, 17th 2013 in the dm-arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. The flight tests were very successful. They performed 9 flights with a total airtime of 20 minutes and still some battery capacity remaining. The team was excited about the flight stability, the low vibration and the pleasant sonorous sound of the Volocopter. Nov 2013.
Assembly at Green Tec Awards, Berlin 2013
Assembling the Volocopter VC200; Airfix kits were never this much fun!
Mission Volocopter VC007.
The future of aviation is green, because its electric. No noise, no pollution, more safety due to redundancy. Nov 2012. (Tongue in cheek German humour.)