EHang has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for trial operations of its unmanned aircraft cloud system (UACS), laying the foundations for commercial operations of a passenger-carrying unmanned vehicles.

UACS features functions of management of airspace, UAVs, flight plans and operators, etc., enabling cluster management of multiple aircrafts within the same airspace, and ensuring safer and more reliable operations. It will become a crucial elements in the commercial operations of EHang’s EH216-S aircraft, once it receives its type certification.

Huazhi Hu, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang, commented, “EHang UACS trial operation has received official approval from the CAAC, indicating that EHang has been recognized by the authority of the national regulator. From unmanned aerial vehicle system to the UACS, as well as operating teams and service platforms, EHang has made comprehensive and sufficient preparation for the upcoming commercial operations after years of planning.

“With EHang’s long-term accumulated advantages, we are confident and well-positioned to embark on a new chapter of urban air mobility (UAM) operations with our partners.”

EHang has conducted trial operations under CAAC’s guidance for the past two years, successfully completing 9,300 low-altitude tourism flight trials in 20 locations across 18 cities in China. It has also created a team of trained autonomous aerial vehicle operators and a digital platform for UAM operation management and services.

In July 2023, EHang formed a strategic partnership with the Bao’an District Government of Shenzhen City to jointly formulate UAM use cases and systems and develop routes for low-altitude demonstration to build Shenzhen as a national low-altitude economy development demonstration city.

Image: EHang

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