EHang, the Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle developer, has announced that the company has achieved a significant milestone for its EH216-S TC aircraft by successfully completing all of the planned certification test flights.
EHang said it had completed the Type Certificate Flight Test by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
The company said this was the last milestone before obtaining the type certificate, and also the result of the “unwavering efforts” by the EHang team.
After finishing the remaining procedures, the company expects to obtain the type certificate of EH216-S Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (“UAV”) System from the CAAC soon.
Since the time when CAAC officially accepted the EH216-S TC application in January 2021, EHang has overcome various challenges and finally successfully completed all of the substantive tasks.
Ranging from battery, environment, material, strength, electronics, software, data link to ground control station, the developer has proved that EH216-S meets the safety standards and airworthiness requirements by CAAC.
Huazhi Hu, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang, said: “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 endeavours to initiate commercial operations.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the CAAC’s officials and the review team as well as the Company’s airworthiness certification team for their unwavering efforts and persevering spirits.
“It is their professionalism, exceptional technological expertise, and collaborations that have led us to our impressive achievement today.
“I believe the remaining procedures will be finished very soon before the official authorization of the type certificate. It will pave the way for our commercial operations in the next stage.”
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