The flight was totally awesome, the machine was absolutely reliable. There were no vibrations.
It was tremendous! Anyway, the first flight was simply unbelievable. I got in, we did the pre-checks for what felt like maybe 20 seconds. And after that I’d already got the all-clear for flying. I didn’t wait long, I simply pushed the lever upward … … and the Volocopter simply sprung upward in a single bound. It was unbelievable! I hovered totally weightlessly. I mean it didn’t at all feel like there were crazy forces at work. It was all just totally light. The Volocopter immediately converted every movement I made with the joystick. The special thing with the Volocopter is that it is actually an aircraft that flies by itself. That means I don’t have to do anything for it to keep flying. I can take my hands off the joystick, it stays in the air as if nailed there. And you also don’t have the feeling that you’re flying. But rather you feel as if you’re actually sitting in a room, stable on the ground. And when I put my hand on the joystick and make a movement forward, left-right, or rotating … … the aircraft then intuitively does exactly the same as what I’m doing with my hand. It is definitely a sublime feeling … … to lift off, … … fly the first few meters, … … and then actually take my hand off the joystick … … and think that, … yeah, it’s really as if I’m standing on the ground. And then I look down and there are 20-25 meters beneath me. So it’s definitely unbelievable what we’ve achieved here. It’s seriously unbelievable! Unlike a helicopter, the Volocopter flies single-handedly. In a helicopter, I have to hold on with two hands and put my feet on the pedals. With the Volocopter you can just set the height with your thumb, … … rotate with your hand and it rotates just the same. Or you can fly forward, to the side, or also in a curve.
It is very easy. And if I let the joystick go, it stays where it is and stabilizes by itself, … … keeping its position and height.
– childproof! The first flight was great. It is unbelievable how masterfully the Volocopter stayed in the air, … … how easy it was to fly and most of all how quiet the aircraft also was. A real milestone on the way to an aircraft for anyone. We’re starting to talk with flight schools about training for the Volocopter … … and hope to receive the first purchase reservations for the Volocopter in the course of this year. We hope to give the first Volocopter to the people … … who are already fervently waiting for it within the next two years. In the first step we want to approach the established markets for helicopters and gyrocopters. In the second step the approach will turn to acting as an “air shuttle” for point-to-point connections, … … conveying people to airports for example, or also for relieving the inner city in metropolises worldwide. As soon as regulations permit autonomous flying, the Volocopter’s costs will sink again dramatically, … … and that is, at the latest, when we will also be comparable cost-wise with a car. This means the sight of a Volocopter will be completely common for many people everywhere in the world. Autonomous flying means that the pilot does not have to have any flying skills whatsoever … … and has only to enter his or her destination in the touchpad, … … and the aircraft then brings him or her completely autonomously – that is … … without any influence from the pilot – … … – to their destination absolutely safely, quietly, and without any large environmental impact.