CAAC Approves Special Conditions for EHang
EHang, the China-based eVTOL developer, said that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has issued a special conditions approval for the EH216 eVTOL aircraft. The approval, which the CAAC issued on Feb. 8 and EHang announced later in the month, clears the way for the CAAC to issue a type certificate for the EH216-S. EHang applied for the type certificate, which would permit the company to launch commercial operations, in December 2020 and the CAAC began soliciting comments on the draft in December 2021 (see “EHang Continues Drive to CAAC Certification,” Vertiflite, Jan/Feb 2022).
In a conference call on March 29, EHang COO Xin Fang said the company expects the CAAC to issue the type certificate in mid-2022, according to a report in FutureFlight. The “S” in the EH216-S refers to the “standard” model for passenger transport in the EH216 series, compared to the EH216F model for firefighting and the EH216L model for aerial logistics (see “How EHang Built an eVTOL for the World,” Vertiflite, July/Aug 2020).