In a groundbreaking development, EHang Holdings Limited (EHang), a leading Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has achieved a significant milestone in the journey towards obtaining a type certificate for its EH216-S TC. This achievement comes after successfully completing all planned tests and flights in the last phase of demonstration and verification of compliance. EHang’s unwavering dedication to this endeavor over the past 31 months since the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) officially accepted the company’s TC application in January 2021 has yielded tangible results.
The latest milestone represents a crucial step just before obtaining the type certificate. With the remaining procedures in sight, EHang anticipates securing the type certificate for the EH216-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system from the CAAC in the near future.
Pioneering Technological Principles
EHang’s EH216-S is an innovative product designed for urban air mobility, anchored in three fundamental technological principles:
- Full Redundancy: The EH216-S boasts a robust redundancy system, ensuring unparalleled safety and reliability in its operations.
- Autonomous Flying: Autonomous capabilities lie at the core of the EH216-S, enabling it to operate with minimal human intervention, thus enhancing efficiency and safety.
- Cluster Management: EHang’s solution incorporates cluster management, a unique feature that sets it apart in the world of Unmanned Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles.
Global First: TC Programme for Unmanned eVTOLs
The EH216-S has garnered global attention as the world’s first TC (Type Certification) program for unmanned eVTOLs. EHang’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation in urban air mobility is manifest in this groundbreaking achievement.
Vision for the Future
Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of EHang, expressed his enthusiasm about this remarkable progress. He stated, “We’ve made remarkable progress in our pursuit of long-term growth. Notably, we are thrilled to announce that we have successfully completed all the planned tests for EH216-S type certification. This achievement marks a significant unprecedented milestone in the global emerging eVTOL industry, underscoring our unwavering dedication and pioneering advantages. Additionally, this sets the stage for us to secure the type certificate soon and proceed with our endeavors to initiate commercial operations.”
EHang’s EH216-S represents not only a significant achievement for the company but also a giant leap forward in the broader context of urban air mobility and autonomous aerial vehicles, promising a future where the skies are open for innovative and efficient transportation solutions.
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