China's EHang earns world's first eVTOL type certificate

Oct. 17, 2023
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17 October 2023 - EHang's EH216-uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) system, has obtained the type certificate (TC) officially issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). This is the world’s first TC for unmanned electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL).

During the validation process, the EH216-S underwent laboratory, ground, and flight tests at professional aviation laboratories and test sites across multiple locations in China. These tests included main material performance, structural strength, flame resistance, crashworthiness, gas toxicity, environmental conditions of equipment and systems, software simulation, data links, ground control stations, overall system functionality, electromagnetic compatibility, flight performance and flight stability characteristics.

The validation process scrutinized components, equipment, and the entire aircraft for prefabricated defects, faults and interferences during both laboratory experiments and flight trials. With that, the safety, airworthiness, performance, functionality, usability and reliability of the EH216-S have been validated through over 500 specific test items, more than 40,000 test flights for adjustments, and formal conformity validation tests encompassing 65 major categories and over 450 individual test items. 

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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