Civil Aviation Administration of China Grants Approval for EHang’s Unmanned Aircraft Cloud System Trial Operations

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved trial operations for EHang’s Unmanned Aircraft Cloud System (UACS). This system includes various functions related to airspace management, integrating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and managing flight plans and operators.

EHang, the air taxi developer, has already conducted over 9,300 low-altitude tourism flight trials in China. The approval from the CAAC to test their UACS is a significant milestone for EHang, as it provides the necessary foundation for future commercial operations following the certification of their uncrewed EH216-S aircraft.

In January 2021, EHang submitted an application for type certification (TC) to the CAAC. In February 2022, the CAAC formally adopted the Special Conditions for Type Certification of EHang’s EH216-S aircraft.

In February 2023, EHang successfully completed its first passenger-carrying autonomous flight demonstration in Japan. With the approval from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the EH216 flew two passengers in Oita City without a pilot onboard.

Last week, EHang announced that it had completed all planned tests and flights in the final phase of demonstration and verification of compliance. This included demonstrating the safety and airworthiness of the EH216-S batteries, materials, electronics, and software.

EHang’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Huazhi Hu, expressed his confidence in securing the type certificate soon and progressing towards commercial operations. He believes that the remaining procedures will be completed shortly before the official authorization of the type certificate, paving the way for EHang’s commercial operations in the future.

Sources:

– EHang

– Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)

– Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan

Definitions:

– Unmanned Aircraft Cloud System (UACS): A system developed by EHang that encompasses functions related to airspace management, integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and management of flight plans and operators.

– Type Certification (TC): A certification process conducted by aviation regulatory authorities to verify that an aircraft model meets the necessary design, construction, and performance requirements for safe flight operations.

– EH216-S: An uncrewed aircraft developed by EHang.

– Airworthiness: The quality or state of an aircraft that ensures it is in a condition and configuration for safe operation.