Tom Plümmer is the CEO of Wingcopter. He studied digital media as well as management and is the head of business development. He is driven by the will to apply drone technology for social impact and wants to continuously increase the scale of civil opportunities drones offer. In the past Tom was unsatisfied with the short flight time and short range of multicopters. In the tiltrotor-mechanism he sees a simple yet elegant solution that is challenging the state of the art in the drone industry. Tom’s vision is to scale the technology and to build a Wingcopter for manned transportation, that revolutionizes the futures mobility on the z axis.
Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer of innovative drones for logistics, surveying, monitoring and inspection. In order to achieve a new dimension of efficiency and close the market gap between commercial drones, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, the startup has specially developed and patented a unique tilting rotor mechanism. This combines the advantages of two drone types in one: The electrically powered Wingcopter drones can take off and land vertically like multicopters in a minimum of space. For efficient forward flight, the rotors can be tilted and the drone transforms into an unmanned fixed-wing aircraft in seconds.This enables long ranges of up to 100 km and a Guinness World Record top speed of 240 km/h.The Wingcopter flies autonomously and reliably even in strong winds or heavy rain. In addition to the transport boxes filled with goods or medical commodities, a variety of sensors such as full format cameras or precise laser measuring devices can easily be attached. These sensors are utilized in applications like infrastructure monitoring of pipelines, power lines or railway lines, for search and rescue missions or disaster control, as well as for mapping of huge landscapes and optimizing precision agriculture and geological research. Already today, Wingcopter is shaping the future of aviation and is dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide by enabling meaningful civil applications.