Archer has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which covers its Maker eVTOL demonstrator aircraft. It means the company is still on track to conduct its first hover flight test later this year.

Archer has worked hard to maintain a collaborative and transparent relationship with the FAA through the Administration’s Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation and the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office throughout the certification process. This latest milestone follows Archer receiving its G-1 Certification Basis”) in September.

Brett Adcock, Archer co-founder and co-CEO, said: “Earning our Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA marks a significant moment for our company as we take another leap ahead toward our goal of bringing eVTOL travel to the world.

“We’re glad to share a commitment with the FAA to create urgently-needed air transportation solutions. We’re grateful to have developed a strong relationship with their Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation as we continue to work to ensure our eVTOL aircraft adheres to the highest standards of safety and compliance.

“In a year of exciting milestones for Archer, this moment serves as a key validator for the incredible work our team is doing to transform our vision for urban air mobility into a reality.”

The FAA’s inspection of Archer’s Maker aircraft was held at the company’s California flight test facility, where Maker is undergoing final preparations for its first flight, as well as extensive safety testing.

As part of its formal inspection, the FAA conducted a comprehensive review of Maker to confirm the aircraft adheres to the Administration’s safety standards. Following its inspection, the FAA issued Archer its Special Airworthiness Certificate, signaling Maker is safe to leave the ground and Archer may begin hover test flights with the aircraft.

Adam Goldstein, Archer co-founder and co-CEO, added: “Our team has been working tirelessly toward this moment, and it’s a testament to their effort and dedication that we’ve successfully completed the formal inspection of Maker and received our Special Airworthiness Certificate, the latest in a series of certification milestones.

“We’ve demonstrated the quality and viability of our eVTOL aircraft while maintaining our commitment to safety above all else, and we now turn our focus toward the first flight tests of Maker. We look forward to sharing more exciting achievements in the near future.”