The Volta in flight

Pompertuzat, France

The Aquinea Volta is an all-electric helicopter developed by the French company Aquinea and the French National School of Civil Aviation.

Volta is a helicopter with a main rotor and a variable blade pitch. It has auto-rotation capability. The helicopter’s frame was based on the ultralight helicopter prototype Microcopter MC1. The motors are produced by Enstroj (now EMRAX) with 122 hp (90 kW). It has a length of 24.6 ft (7.5 m), height of 7.7 ft (2.35 m) and a rotor blade span of 23 ft (7 m). It weighs 924 lbs (420 kg) and has a payload weight of 220 lbs (100 kg). It is designed for one passenger although a two seat trainer has been envisioned. A 40 minute flight time is expected and it has passed 15 minutes of battery powered manned flight.

The Volta’s first official stationary flight was on February 17, 2016. It had a 3 minute flight on September 17, 2016. On December 3, 2016 it had a World Record 15 minute manned test flight.

Aquinea has several partners on the project. Along with EMRAX for its motors ENAC covers avionics and logistics, SOFIZ Industrie produced the frame, Protolec and AlphaVague worked on the electronics and Heli-Horizon partnered on the flight test.

Volta Side View
Volta side view
The Volta in flight
The Volta in flight
The cockpit of the Volta
The cockpit of the Volta


Passengers 4
24.6 ft
7.5 m
5.6 ft
1.7 m
7.7 ft
2.35 m
Blade Span
23 ft
7 m
Weight 924 lbs 420 kg
Maximum Take Off Weight 1144 lb 520 kg
Proposed Max Flight Time
40 min
Max Motor Horsepower
122 hp 90 kW
Continous Motor Horsepower
95 hp 70 kW
Battery Energy
22 kWh



Aquinea, Electric Helicopters, Flight Testing1 PassengerElectric/Batteries, Piloted