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Urban air mobility pioneer Volocopter has become an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), the first eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing craft) developer to receive this certification anywhere in the world.

The ATO certification was awarded from the German Federal Aviation office (Luftfahrtbundesamt) through its subsidiary, Volocopter Air Services, following zero findings in the final audit. Volocopter will now work on finalising the training programme for its VoloCity aircraft in conjunction with the Luftfahrtbundesamt, after which the manufacturer can begin to train up future pilots in Germany.

Volocopter describes its newly-obtained ATO credentials as ‘an important puzzle piece in the journey’ towards receiving its Air Operator Certificate (AOC). The two-seat VoloCity craft is expected to receive type certification later this year.