The world premiere of the VC2 at AirVenture in Oshkosh/USA


Come visit us at AirVenture at Oshkosh/USA on July 23-29, 2012.

There you can see our VC2 Volocopter. VC2 is the successor of the VC1 – the worldwide first Volocopter. With the VC1, the first manned flight world-wide with a purely electrically powered Volocopter succeeded on the 21st October 2011.

Like the VC1, the VC2 is made ​​of aluminum, but much stronger and lighter. With the VC2 we will start in September 2012 a series of manned test flights. All the developments in the field of safety techniques, electric motors, steering controls and BMU (Batterie Management Unit) we will extensively test.

Together with a network of notable partners from the fields of research and industry, e-volo will press ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next years.

The aim of the collaboration is a two-seater Volocopter which complies with regulations, and is based on the concept study of the VC Evolution 2P with the following aircraft performance:

• a speed of over 54 kn (100 km/h)
• a minimum flight altitude of 6500 ft
• a take-off weight of 450 kg
• more than one hour flight time

For the development phase a two-year flight testing programme in collaboration with the LBA (German Federal Aviation Office) and the DULV (German Ultralight Aircraft Association) for an own aeronautical classification “Volocopter” is in the pipeline. Among other things, autonomous test flights over uninhabited areas for days on end are planned in order to test and demonstrate the reliability of the electronic steering and the diverse safety concepts in an uninterrupted flight.

You will find us at the Innovation Hangar Alpha.


  1. Bert
    5. July 2012

    could you get it done with 4 main rotors, and maybe some kind of emergency failover backup type situation? This thing looks like a mutated weedeater. No offense, but if it’s going to fly, any real distance, they need to clean up the design, here. I think you could go with 4 main rotors, and figure out some kind of helper-balancer system to take up the slack if you lose one. Lose 2= still need some way to set down safe. I think you could do something different, starting with a pair of old helicopter landing skids, and build your way up, from there. Counterrotating blades balance each other out, so if you had 2 pair of rotors could you time it all together so they complemented each other and still had the redundancy/failover factor?

  2. 23. July 2012

    I do not see where there is the ability to yaw in the VC1 and VC2 of the e-volo.
    I am sure you have a solution to this- perhaps the vertical stabs in the model picture have the ability to act as rudders as well.
    It would be truly unique, as well as efficient and practical, to have the entire cabin yaw beneath the blade platform.
    I am interested to see the final design!

  3. Keith Walker
    7. August 2012

    A wonderfull development and greatly simplifys the complicated helicopter rotor with its mechanical complexity and short life and a lot safer especially being able to attach a parachute.

    If the control is a easy as you say then you will be bringing at least small helicopter flying to a great many people including me.I have a PPL and have tried flying a helicopter and found it very difficult. I am also a retired Certification Engineer in the Structures speciality from Transport Canada.

    Can’t wait for your FAR103 version and would go to the USA to fly it as we cannot fly helicopters here without a Helicopter flying Licence. I wish you success.
    Keith Walker. Professional Engineer. Ottawa. Canada