Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Volocopter
Jan-Hendrik Boelens is Chief Technology Officer and a Managing Director at Volocopter GmbH, a start-up that is pioneering urban air mobility solutions. Jan-Hendrik leads the engineering, production and airworthiness organization at Volocopter. He has managed the rapid growth of the company from around 10 employees to well over 100 within one year. Prior to joining Volocopter, Jan-Hendrik held several management positions with Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter). He headed the international engineering department tasked with electrical systems engineering and electric drive systems, leading electrical systems development on the H160, H175 and City Airbus projects.
In addition, Jan-Hendrik was a chief engineer for the H135 helicopter, led an avionics systems engineering team, and was an active member of the RTCA/ EUROCAE working group that developed the DO-178C industry standard for software in aviation.
The pioneer in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs), Volocopter builds aircrafts that are based on drone technology and carry up to two people. The company will establish Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in addition to current transportation options in megacities globally. Their aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services and save people time by flying them safely to their destination. Volocopter cooperates with leading partners in infrastructure, operations and air traffic management to build the ecosystem necessary to bring Urban Air Mobility to life.
The Volocopter aircraft has proven its eVTOL concept in over 1000 test flights and public demonstrations. Recently in August 2019, Volocopter was the first VTOL company to demonstrate successful integration of an air taxi into both the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) system at Helsinki International Airport within the scope of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Programme. Volocopter keeps proving that urban air mobility is closer than you think and will bring its first commercial Air taxi “VoloCity“ to commercial launch within the next three years.