Lilium receives FAA certification basis for the Lilium Jet

Render of the Lilium eVTOL jet over a cityscape.
Image Credit: Lilium

Lilium N.V., a leading company in the development of all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jets, has achieved a significant milestone in its mission to establish global operations.

EASA and FAA certifications in place


Today, the company proudly announced that it has obtained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) G-1 Certification Basis required for the validation of its groundbreaking aircraft, the Lilium Jet.

This achievement follows the certification basis provided by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2020, positioning Lilium as a frontrunner in the eVTOL industry.

To expand its global reach, Lilium is actively pursuing dual certification for the Lilium Jet from both the EU and the United States.

In this endeavor, the company aims to obtain validation from the FAA through the provisions of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the EU and the U.S.

Side view of Lilium eVTOL aircraft
Image Credit: Lilium

Unlike other eVTOL companies, Lilium stands out by seeking dual certification and is the only pioneer to possess certification bases from both EASA and FAA for a powered lift eVTOL aircraft.

The manufacturer has always prioritized stringent safety standards and certification procedures, aligning its design, engineering, and business operations to ensure global acceptance.

To achieve this, the company has collaborated with experienced senior aerospace engineers renowned for their successful development and delivery of intricate aircraft.

A further step towards global acceptance


Alastair McIntosh, the Chief Technology Officer of Lilium, expressed his pride in being the first powered lift eVTOL pioneer to secure a Certification Basis from both EASA and the FAA.

He emphasized the monumental significance of this accomplishment in advancing their goal of early certification in key markets, facilitating a seamless worldwide entry into service.

McIntosh also acknowledged the fruitful partnerships forged on both sides of the Atlantic, which have enabled Lilium to usher in a new era of electrified skies.

The next step in the process involves a collaborative feedback loop between Lilium, EASA, and the FAA, leading to the release of the G-1 Certification Basis for public consultation. Lilium is committed to ongoing cooperation with both regulatory authorities to ensure a successful outcome.

The FAA G-1 Certification represents a major step forward in the Lilium Jet’s journey toward global acceptance by aerospace regulators, paving the way for the highly anticipated launch of global operations in late 2025.

Klaus Roewe, the Chief Executive Officer of Lilium, also expressed his excitement about this achievement, underscoring its significance in realizing the revolutionary potential of the Lilium Jet.

Summary


The company’s acquisition of the FAA G-1 Certification Basis certainly marks a significant advancement for the company and the eVTOL industry as a whole.

The validation of the Lilium Jet by both EASA and the FAA serves as a testament to it’s unwavering commitment to safety, innovation, and global readiness.

With its emphasis on early certification and establishment of partnerships with regulatory authorities, Lilium is poised to revolutionize the transportation industry and usher in an era of electrified skies in the near future.

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