EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) has achieved a significant milestone in the realm of urban air mobility (UAM).
The Chinese company proudly announced that its EH216-S passenger-carrying unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system has secured the standard Airworthiness Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
This certification positions the EH216-S as the world’s first certified pilotless passenger-carrying electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
EH216-S Airworthiness Certification
EHang’s EH216-S, manufactured at the advanced Yunfu Production Base, strictly adheres to the Type Certificate issued by the CAAC in October 2023.
The certification validates that the aircraft complies with the approved type design and upholds safety and quality standards essential for commercial operations.
This accomplishment comes amid EHang’s commitment to maintaining excellence in manufacturing, quality assurance, and production management, to meet with regulatory requirements.
Recognition by the CAAC
The issuance of the Airworthiness Certificate now validates EHang’s operational processes. This recognition extends to EHang’s manufacturing capabilities, rigorous test flights, and robust production management.
The CAAC’s acknowledgment also positions EHang as a frontrunner in the development and implementation of innovative UAM technologies.
Delivery to ETON: A Strategic Move
The certified EH216-S has already found its first home with ETON, an intelligent aviation technology subsidiary of Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd.
This strategic placement is under the management of the local government of Huangpu District in Guangzhou.
The delivery marks the commencement of a new era in the aviation industry, heralding the integration of pilotless passenger-carrying eVTOL aircraft into real-world applications.
Mr. Chengjiu Zhou, General Manager of Guangzhou Development District Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd., expressed enthusiasm at the EH216-S Airworthiness Certificate and aircraft delivery ceremony.
He highlighted the significance of this achievement for Guangzhou’s local enterprise and emphasized the optimism surrounding upcoming commercial operations in aerial tourism.
The collaboration between EHang and local entities sets the stage for a promising future in the low-altitude economy.
EHang Future Outlook
Mr. Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of EHang, provided a visionary statement on the milestone. He emphasized the abundant opportunities presented by supportive policies on the low-altitude economy, a strategic emerging industry in China.
The commercial delivery of the EH216-S signals the initiation of fulfilling backlog orders, anticipating an influx of aircraft from the production line.
This step forward aims to serve a broader customer base, cater to passenger needs, and contribute to the advancement of Urban Air Mobility.
EHang is a leading urban air mobility (UAM) technology platform company. Their stated mission is to enable safe, autonomous, and eco-friendly air mobility accessible to everyone.
EHang provides customers in various industries with unmanned aerial vehicle systems and solutions: air mobility (including passenger transportation and logistics), smart city management, and aerial media solutions.
EHang has now obtained the world’s first type certificate for unmanned eVTOL aircraft from the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 2023.
As the forerunner of cutting-edge UAV technologies and commercial solutions in the global UAM industry, EHang continues to explore the boundaries of the sky to make flying technologies benefit our life in smart cities.
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