Italy's first vertiportFirst Vertiport in Italy Deployed at Fiumicino Airport

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby

This morning, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Volocopter, UrbanV, and Atlantia completed Italy’s first crewed eVTOL public test flight during the presentation of the country’s first advanced air mobility (AAM) testing vertiport.

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A year prior, the first eVTOL prototype was displayed in Italy. Since that initial showcase, major advancements have been made in flight technology, vertiport design, and the necessary regulations to allow the first AAM services between Fiumicino Airport and the city of Rome in 2024.

Volocopter’s test pilot flew the electric Volocopter 2X for 5 minutes at 40 km/h while 40 meters in the air, maneuvering in a figure 8 pattern. The test flight had secured all the required clearances from Italian authorities, the civil aviation authority (Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile – ENAC), and the provider of air…