EHang’s 216 eVTOL aircraft has completed a five-minute flight demonstration for aerial sightseeing at the Villa Blackstone Beach in Bali, Indonesia.
The demonstration flight – which is the first conducted by EHang in the country – was done in cooperation with Indonesian local partner Prestige Aviation, a subsidiary of Prestige Corp.
Prior to the flight demo, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Indonesia issued the Special Certificate of Airworthiness for the EHang 216 AAV, enabling it to be Indonesia’s first passenger-grade AAV approved for a public unmanned flight demo.
Hu Huazhi, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang, said: “The successful flight demo fully showcased EHang 216’s potential for efficient island hopping and air transportation. We are pleased to join hands with Indonesian local partners to bring our leading AAVs and UAM solutions to Indonesia, one of the most promising UAM markets in Southeast Asia.
“Our global network of renowned and reliable partners continues to expand, and we believe this is a significant step for our sustainable, consistent success. We look forward to long-term business development prospects in Indonesia.”
VIP guests who witnessed the flight demo include Bambang Soesatyo, Chairman of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly, Putu Astawa, Head of the Bali Tourism Office and Rudy Salim, CEO and Founder of Prestige Corp.
Soesatyo said, “We are entering a new chapter of transportation. As a modern transportation solution, EHang 216 will change our lifestyle in the future.”
Salim added: “Prestige Aviation aspires to be the pioneer to provide smart city innovations with digital-based transport implementation. As an AAV, EHang 216 can become an effective, affordable mobility and efficient solution for Indonesian air mobility.”
As well as Indonesia, EHang has conducted multiple flights across the Asia-Pacific region with other countries including mainland China, Japan and South Korea. In September, it displayed its long-range VT-30 eVTOL aircraft as part of a global debut in an unveiling ceremony before the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition.
In Europe, the company is working with the Spanish Police to explore use cases for emergency and security case scenarios, and its 216 AAV and Falcon logistics model completed BVLOS flights in Estonia as part of the European Union’s GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation project.