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    Paris: Test center for eVTOL trials openedSeveral French players in the aviation and transport industry have opened a test center for sustainable urban air mobility at the Pontoise-Cormeilles airport just outside the French capital, Paris. Trials of eVTOL from several manufacturers are now starting there.

    The on-site tests are to be carried out together with the French civil aviation authority. The declared goal of those involved is to create at least two flight routes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024. The driving force behind the project are the Paris region (through its business development agency Choose Paris Region), the ADP group (“Aéroports De Paris”) and the RATP, the state operator of local public transport in Paris and the surrounding area.

    According to an announcement by the ADP group, "numerous manufacturers of eVTOLs will be investigating various scenarios for pre-commercial services for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pontoise in the coming months together with the DGAC (the French civil aviation authority, editor's note)". The focus is on two routes in particular: the first is to lead from the Paris-Issy-les-Moulineaux helipad to the Saint-Cyr airfield, the second from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports to the city of Paris - on a yet to be determined Location. Volocopter, Airbus, Vertical Aerospace, Ascendance, Lilium and Joby Aviation are named as cooperating eVTOL manufacturers.

    The communication goes on to say that the establishment of a new urban air mobility (UAM) industry in the ÃŽle-de-France region was launched through a call for expressions of interest in September 2020 . 30 manufacturers were then selected to complete tests in the areas of modeling and noise measurements, flight phases and integration into the airspace, maintenance and charging processes and passenger routes.

    "At the Paris Air Show 2019, Groupe ADP, the RATP Group and Airbus announced that they would start a study on the introduction of an urban air transport service for the 2024 Olympic Games with the support of the Ministry of Transport. I am pleased to see one of the concrete results of this partnership here in Pontoise and the entire ecosystem that comes together here ”, said Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, the French delegate of the Minister of Transport, at the inauguration of the test center.

    The French state is involved in the financing of the UAM industry: According to Djebbari, the Council for Civil Aviation Research (CORAC) has already provided almost 25 million euros for the development of air taxis - as well as for supporting projects with the DGAC and the Agency for Innovation in transportation. “It all fits together: partnerships, innovation, test areas, regulations, funding. All the ingredients for success are there, we just have to put them into practice, ”said the politician.
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