Archer’s Midnight eVTOL passes Phase 1 of flight testing

Archer Aviation Midnight eVTOL aircraft hovering.
Photo Credit: Kevin Chang

Archer Aviation Inc., a pioneering force in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has marked a significant milestone in its evolution.

The company has now seen the completion of Phase 1 of the flight test program for its Midnight aircraft.

Building upon insights garnered from four years of rigorous flight testing, Archer’s Midnight aircraft has swiftly concluded Phase 1 in just three months, showcasing remarkable progress compared to its predecessor, Maker.

The expedited timeline highlights Archer’s progress in advancing the field of electric aviation. Notably, the recent upgrade of Midnight’s battery system with high voltage battery packs further propels Archer’s eVTOL aircraft towards operational readiness.

Pioneering eVTOL Electric Air Taxis

Archer’s founder and CEO, Adam Goldstein, expressed confidence in Midnight’s trajectory, emphasizing the team’s current focus.

“Midnight is progressing efficiently through our flight test program,” said Goldstein. “Over the last four years of flight testing, our team has been able to gather a tremendous amount of data and learnings that enable us to advance Midnight rapidly towards certification.”

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“Our team’s focus on safety and relentless execution has gotten us to where we are today and what will allow us to achieve what no other company in the world has done to date–bring electric air taxis to cities across the U.S. and the globe.”

An Archer Aviation eVTOL aircraft in flight.
Photo Credit: Archer Aviation

Phase-wise Advancements

Phase 1 of Midnight’s flight test program covered an array of progressively more complex flight maneuvers and data gathering missions.

Midnight’s flight envelope will now expand further as it moves into Phase 2, which involves an incremental approach to speed testing.

This means that the aircraft will continue to fly at greater and greater speeds until it achieves full wing-borne transition.

Transition is an important milestone for any vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, as it demonstrates in a single flight the capability to both takeoff and land vertically and cruise efficiently in wingborne flight.

Once that’s completed, the aircraft will move to Phase 3, which entails flying simulated commercial routes to demonstrate the aircraft’s operational readiness.

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Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60–90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10-20 minute electric air taxi flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation.

Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights. 

Redefining Urban Mobility

Archer’s overarching goal is to redefine urban transportation by offering electric air taxi services that are safe, sustainable, and time-efficient.

With estimated flight times of 10-20 minutes, Archer aims to transform lengthy commutes into seamless aerial journeys.

Midnight, a piloted, four-passenger eVTOL aircraft, is designed to facilitate rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charging intervals.

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Archer Aviation's Midnight eVTOL aircraft has passed Phase 1 of flight testing, which has involved performance in a range of complex flight maneuvers.
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