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Volatus Infrastructure has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with South Korean eVTOL vehicle manufacturer Plana to support each other and work together on vertiport development and integration of eVTOL operations to strengthen the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry.
“The only way the eVTOL industry is going to succeed is through collaboration and working together for the greater good,” says Volatus co-founder Grant Fisk. “When you find another company that shares your core philosophies, like Plana shares our philosophy of accessibility, you know it's going to be a successful partnership.”
Plana CEO Braden J Kim adds: “It is quite a meaningful moment for Plana to sign an MoU with Volatus, which offers top-class eVTOL infrastructure, and to formulate an ecosystem together for accelerating the realisation of advanced air mobility in our lives.”
Plana, founded in July 2021, focuses on a hybrid powertrain system with a differentiated market strategy, and its eVTOL aircraft can carry up to six passengers with one pilot with a cruising speed of 190mph and a range of more than 310 miles. The eVTOL's subscale flight test should be competed this year. Plana plans to launch a branch office in the US for closer communication and for starting the certification process with the FAA, and to participate in the Korean Grand Challenge UAM demonstration project organised by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
Volatus offers three main eVTOL infrastructure designs, a vehicle agnostic charging station, plus an app and maintenance programmes. By tailoring to specific needs while incorporating the latest technologies, its work positively impacts clients and the communities it serves.