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EHang Gets Approval of Passenger-Grade AAVs for Air Logistics Uses

Logistic News - Published on Thu, 28 May 2020

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World's leading autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company EHang Holdings Limited announced that it obtained the world’s first commercial pilot operation approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to use EHang 216 passenger-grade AAVs for air logistics purpose. Thus, EHang became the world’s first AAV company approved by a national aviation authority to carry out commercial pilot operation for the category of 150 kg plus heavy-lift air logistics uses.

The Director General of CAAC Air Traffic Regulation Office Xu Hao granted the pilot operation approval to EHang. This approval was granted based on the Pilot Operation Rules (Interim) for Specific Unmanned Aircraft promulgated by the CAAC in February 2019 for different categories of specific unmanned aircraft including passenger-grade AAVs. It is a pioneering regulation for which the CAAC applied the Specific Operation Risk Assessment framework of the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking of Unmanned Systems, a group of experts from the national aviation authorities of 61 countries, including China and the US, and the European Aviation Safety Agency and EUROCONTROL.

With this approval, trial air logistics service using the EHang 216 would be carried out to transport cargo between ground and hilltop and between shore and islands at a customer site in Taizhou. It is also intended to be gradually expanded to other sites in China as it accumulates operational data and experience.

As the first company approved for the passenger-grade AAV airworthiness certification pilot program by the CAAC and as a member of the CAAC Special Expert Taskforce, the accumulated flight trials and tests conducted by EHang contributed significant practical experience to the CAAC to further develop and evolve regulations and standards related to passenger-grade AAVs.

Air logistics is an essential UAM application with huge market potential. According to Morgan Stanley, the global UAM market size could reach USD 1.5 trillion by 2040. Air logistics is expected to one of the initial applications for commercialization.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 28 May 2020
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