EHang to perform flight tests in Europe next year after joining urban air mobility initiative

EHang has joined the Air Mobil­i­ty Urban — Large Exper­i­men­tal Demon­stra­tion (“AMU-LED”) project and will con­duct flight tests using its eVTOL air­craft in the Nether­lands, Spain and the UK through­out next year.

The AMU-LED is one of the largest Euro­pean demon­stra­tions of Urban Air Mobil­i­ty (UAM) and planned for two years with more than 100 flight hours. The con­sor­tium exe­cut­ing the project includes 17 promi­nent com­pa­nies across the world, includ­ing aero­space giant Air­bus.

As a H2020 project of the Euro­pean Union framed in the SESAR (Sin­gle Euro­pean Sky ATM Research) Joint Under­tak­ing, the ulti­mate goal of AMU-LED is to show­case one of the largest demon­stra­tions of mobil­i­ty ser­vices with air vehi­cles and the safe inte­gra­tion of dif­fer­ent types of drone oper­a­tions.

AMU-LED kicked off this month and will show­case var­i­ous use cas­es includ­ing pas­sen­ger trans­port in air taxis, car­go trans­port, deliv­ery of goods and med­ical equip­ment and emer­gency ser­vices sup­port.

Through the pro­gramme, EHang will increase its inter­ac­tion with Euro­pean reg­u­la­to­ry bod­ies, includ­ing the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safe­ty Agency (EASA) and EUROCONTROL. This coop­er­a­tive effort should pave the way for the for­mu­la­tion of rel­e­vant UAM poli­cies and stan­dards and con­tribute to the imple­men­ta­tion of UAM in Europe

EHang has been mak­ing steady progress in the Euro­pean mar­ket and already achieved mul­ti­ple mile­stones on the con­ti­nent. In 2020, the com­pa­ny made great reg­u­la­to­ry break­throughs by obtain­ing flight per­mits for its flag­ship, two-seater 216 eVTOL air­craft from the civ­il avi­a­tion author­i­ties of Nor­way and Aus­tria.  

So far it has expand­ed its UAM Pilot City Ini­tia­tive to three cities in Aus­tria and Spain, and esta­b­lished strate­gic UAM part­ner­ships with FACC, the lead­ing Aus­tri­an aero­space com­pa­ny, and Voda­fone, one of the world’s biggest tele­coms and tech­nol­o­gy ser­vice providers.

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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