Quotes on the Silent Air Taxi at the event on 11.06.2019



Voices from politics

© Armin Laschet, Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia
© Laurence Chaperon

“Environmentally friendly and affordable air taxis can make an important contribution to mobility in our conurbations. The Silent Air Taxi, a quiet and low-emission hybrid small aircraft, is the next innovation of alternative and climate-friendly mobility solutions 'made in North Rhine-Westphalia'. It is always impressive to see how stakeholders from academia and industry work closely together to develop concrete, everyday technologies for sustainable mobility from futuristic visions. This is how scientific excellence is translated into industrial production.”

Armin Laschet, Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia
© Hendrik Wüst, Transport Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
© M. Keppler/ VM NRW

“Projects like the Silent Air Taxi and the development of Aachen-Merzbrück into a research airfield show that North Rhine-Westphalia has all the prerequisites of being at the forefront in the creation of groundbreaking technical innovation. We support the development here in Merzbrück, as it will drive the research on electro-powered aircrafts and the options for low-noise air travel forward. In a highly populated and congested federal state like North Rhine-Westphalia, it is a step in the right direction to think of the air as a third dimension for mobility. We want to make sure that the research and development of mobility for the future will happen right here in North Rhine-Westphalia and – best case scenario – will also be manufactured and implemented here. The project allows us to contribute to the development of the Rhine Region, and to give the people living here entirely new perspectives.”

Hendrik Wüst, Transport Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
© Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of Aachen
© Stadt Aachen

"Aachen demonstrates once again its innovation power and its successful research and development at its two universities. The Silent Air Taxi is a prime example of how pioneering projects can be developed all the way to production maturity if everyone acts in concert and focuses on the same objective."

Marcel Philipp, Lord Mayor of Aachen
© Arno Nelles, Mayor of Würselen
© Stadt Würselen

"It is essential in our complex society to rethink and address issues of mobility and the associated infrastructure challenges. We are proud of the fact that Würselen can contribute to that development for our region and beyond."

Arno Nelles, Mayor of Würselen
© Helmut Etschenberg, Former City Councilor (Städteregionsrat)
© Städteregion Aachen

"A new star has risen on the horizon of structural development in the Aachen metropolitan area with the development of the Silent Air Taxi at the research airfield Aachen-Merzbrück."

Helmut Etschenberg, Former City Councilor (Städteregionsrat)
© Dr. Tim Grüttemeier, City Councilor (Städteregionsrat)
© Städteregion Aachen

“I am impressed, how successfully, well-structured and quickly the project partners have developed this project so far. A great number of different competences are needed to develop such an innovative aircraft and the orchestration of the individual institutes and individuals has worked very well."

Dr. Tim Grüttemeier, City Councilor (Städteregionsrat)

Voices from the world of science

© Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of RWTH Aachen University
© RWTH Aachen

“One of RWTH Aachen University's strategic objectives is to be able to develop systemic innovations that benefit society, and to pursue this objective together with its technology partners on RWTH Aachen Campus. After the delivery of the first electric cars e.GO Life was started a few weeks ago, the Silent Air Taxi is another milestone for us. It shows that interdisciplinary research and development takes place in Aachen and that the opportunity to closely link science and industry is used very well.”

Professor Ulrich Rüdiger, Rector of RWTH Aachen University
© Professor Marcus Baumann, Rector of FH Aachen
© FH Aachen

"We are proud of the fact that we can work on this innovative project with such strong partners and get the opportunity to contribute to pioneering new ideas that will improve mobility in the future at airfield Aachen-Merzbrück."

Professor Marcus Baumann, Rector of FH Aachen
© Professor Peter Jeschke, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© e.SAT GmbH

"The unique hybrid drive concept will allow us to reduce flight noise to such a degree that a Silent Air Taxi will no longer be discernible from everyday background noise during take-off or when passing overhead."

Professor Peter Jeschke, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© Professor Frank Janser, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© e.SAT GmbH

"Our extraordinary boxwing concept generates superior aerodynamic efficiency, compactness and flight stability, which will allow the Silent Air Taxi to fly just like one of the big planes."

Professor Frank Janser, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© Professor Günther Schuh, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© e.SAT GmbH

"The overarching objective of e.SAT is to provide affordable intercity and shuttle flights. A production concept similar to the electric car e.GO will significantly reduce manufacturing costs in comparison with general aviation aircraft."

Professor Günther Schuh, Managing Director of e.SAT GmbH
© Professor Eike Stumpf, Chairman of Engineering Board e.SAT GmbH
© e.SAT GmbH

"The level of automation achieved here and the simplicity of the operating concept will make flying our taxis just as easy as driving one. Autonomous flights will also be possible relatively soon with the Silent Air Taxi."

Professor Eike Stumpf, Chairman of Engineering Board e.SAT GmbH
© Professor Kai-Uwe Schröder, Technical Director of Lightweight Design
© e.SAT GmbH

"The boxwing is a perfect concept in terms of structural mechanics. The compact shape creates high rigidity with low material input and low stresses on the structural feature."

Professor Kai-Uwe Schröder, Technical Director of Lightweight Design

Voices from research and industry

© Professor Rolf Henke, Executive Board Member of DLR and re-sponsible for Aeronautics Research
© DLR

"There are a lot of discussions going on about air taxis at the moment. The research department of the DLR, the German Aerospace Center, is working intensively on the subject. The Aachen concept is very promising, as it is innovative, as well as realistic – especially in terms of certification. It can also be further developed over time in any direction."

Professor Rolf Henke, Executive Board Member of DLR and re-sponsible for Aeronautics Research
© Lars Wagner, Chief Operating Officer, MTU Aero Engines
© MTU Aero Engines

 „For MTU Aero Engines, the Silent Air Taxi is a courageous and convincing future concept with very high chances of realization. This is why we not only participate as a technology partner but also in e.SAT Powertrain GmbH.“

Lars Wagner, Chief Operating Officer, MTU Aero Engines
© Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency
© EASA

„EASA is committed to support the introduction of new technologies which enable increased efficiency and lower emissions and costs of air transport.

We are therefore working in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure the highest level of safety of urban air mobility, while also providing standards that enable innovation.“

Patrick Ky, Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency

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