Yesterday a significant event took place in China. The Chinese company EHang received a type certificate from the local regulator for the two-seat model EH216-S, paving the way for the commercial operation of air taxis in China. The document approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) came into force on February 9 this year. Perhaps, for vehicles with vertical takeoff and landing, this is the first resolution of this kind in the world.
The EH216-S is capable of carrying a payload weighing up to 260 kg over a distance of up to 35 km at speeds up to 130 km/h. Over the years of trial operation, EH216 electric aircraft have carried out more than 20,000 accident-free test flights in various weather conditions and in different parts of the world from Southeast Asia to Europe.
“Special conditions provide EHang with a framework to ensure the compliance and safety of the EH216-S AAV, including flight performance, structure, design and facilities, propulsion systems, systems and equipment, data link and ground control station. The company expects to deploy the EH216-S Unmanned Aircraft System in commercial low-altitude passenger transport operations in the urban air mobility sector,” the company said in a press release.
It is obvious that a new chapter has been opened in the history of “urban air mobility” . It still abounds with blank sheets, but the first entry in the book has already been made. Here, China clearly has something to be proud of.