1st Autonomous, Electrical Plane In World To Get Approval For Industrial Flights

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Cynthia simply reported yesterday on a few eVTOL (electrical vertical takeoff and touchdown) plane milestones. We’ve acquired two extra to report on as effectively — one in China and one within the USA. I’ll begin with the story from China.

Industrial EHang Flights Now Authorized in China!

EHang Vertiport

EHang & GZDG Vertiport. Picture courtesy of EHang

An EHang eVTOL plane, the EH216-S, has simply been authorized for business flights by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). “This demonstrates that the EH216-S’s mannequin design absolutely complies with CAAC’s security requirements and airworthiness necessities, and that the EH216-S is certified for conducting passenger-carrying UAV business operations,” the corporate writes.

“Since CAAC formally accepted EHang’s EH216-S TC software in January 2021, the EHang staff labored carefully with CAAC and its skilled staff in direction of validating and verifying the plane’s progressive cutting-edge applied sciences. After greater than 1,000 days and nights of persistent efforts, they overcame all types of difficulties and challenges to efficiently full all sort certification goals, proving that EHang is absolutely able to independently designing, creating, and manufacturing mature unmanned eVTOL merchandise.”

That is the primary such approval anyplace on the earth.

And the EH216-S will not be solely electrical — it’s additionally autonomous.

Clearly, EHang is blazing a path on this business. It needed to comply not solely with conventional plane guidelines and rules, but in addition had to assist kind new ones as a result of progressive nature of the plane. “The EH216-S stands as a pioneering technological and product innovation with important variations from typical plane in key areas together with technical structure, configuration, efficiency, performance, operational mode and flight atmosphere. For the EH216-S sort certification, CAAC and EHang upheld typical century-old aviation rules alongside an innovation-centric method, which concerned formulating particular certification foundation and technique of compliance tailor-made to the EH216-S’s distinctive technical options, to conduct the kind certification work.”

Listed below are another key details and figures relating to the EH216-S:

  • Can carry two passengers 20 miles
  • 60 mph cruising pace
  • 81 mph full-tilt pace
  • 17 kWh battery
  • 16 propellers powered by 16 totally different electrical motors.

Notably, earlier this yr, in February, the EH216 accomplished its first autonomous, passenger-carrying flight demonstration in Japan. Keep tuned to seek out out when it’s also authorized for business flights in Japan!

Is EHang now the worldwide chief within the burgeoning eVTOL business?


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