German air taxi developer and urban air mobility (UAM) company Volocopter has opened its first complete aircraft production facility, which it plans to kick into full operation later this month.

The Bruchsal-based company announced the inauguration of its production site today after what it said was a ribbon-cutting ceremony with German officials and investors on Tuesday. Volocopter said the milestone marked an 18-month effort to build its air taxi manufacturing capacities ahead of what it expects to be initial UAM services in 2024.

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A company communique said the facility features a hangar that will house its final assembly line – part of a wider complex including an airfield for conducting both development flight tests and quality control operations. 

Volocopter stated the unit is the first air taxi production installation authorized by the European Union Aviation…