• The eVTOL View from Europe

    The eVTOL View from Europe

    Some European eVTOL developers are focused on longer-range regional air mobility rather than intra-city UAM.

    By Richard Whittle


  • eHang deliveries, China, 2019.

    EHang Goes Public

    On Oct. 30, drone manufacturer and eVTOL developer EHang filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its $100M initial public offering (IPO) on the US Nasdaq stock exchange. The paperwork for the Guangzhou-based company noted that it had delivered 38 “passenger-grade” autonomous aerial vehicle (AAVs) to customers “for testing, training, and demonstration purposes and developed two command-and-control...

  • eHang deliveries, China, 2019.

    EHang Delivers

    Chinese drone maker EHang delivered the first batch of “passenger grade” EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicles (AAVs) in June, followed by a second batch in October. The company says these aircraft have now reached customers in Asia, Europe and North America.

    EHang founder, chairman and CEO Hu Huazhi stated:
    This delivery of AAVs marks a major step forward in EHang’s efforts to offer a full-stack solution for the emerging urban air mobility...

  • EHang Operational

    According to the eFlight Journal on July 2, Chinese drone maker EHang has delivered the first 10 of its two-seat Model 216 eVTOLs to a Chinese operator and eight more to deliver to undisclosed overseas clients, with additional deliveries in China coming. The EHang 216 is a derivative of the single-seat EHang 184 will operate with a special permit to fly under a specific operational risk assessment (SORA) trial rule by the Civil Aviation...

  • EHang 184

    EHang Certification Progress

    On Jan. 23, the Airworthiness Department of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued its “Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks,” aimed at establishing a risk-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airworthiness management system by the end of 2019. EHang and four other Chinese UAV companies were authorized to initiate and develop different UAV programs in exploring airworthiness standards and...

  • Ehang 184 flight test

    Ehang Grows in Europe

    Guangzhou-based drone and eVTOL company EHang signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Lyon, France, in late November to establish its first European research center, which is expected to create about 50 jobs over the next three years. Ehang also entered into a strategic partnership with Austrian aerospace group FACC in November. The two companies plan to contribute their resources and networks to jointly advance technologies and solutions...

  • eHang deliveries, China, 2019.

    EHang 216

    EHang 216 
    Guangzhou, China

    EHang is a dominant player in the quadcopter drone market. The company hopes to extend its unmanned electric VTOL technology to manned applications. The EHang 216 is based on the EHang 184, yet it has eight arms instead of four. This allows for the vehicle to be seat two passengers instead of just one.

    The EHang 216 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (“AAV”) was first announced in...

  • EHang Makes More 184s and 216s

    At the Future of Transportation conference in Cologne, Germany, on a panel chaired by VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg, Derrick Xiong, co-founder and chief marketing officer of EHang, provided new insights into the company’s Autonomous Aerial Vehicle.

    Xiong provided updates on the company’s development testing, and revealed that “30 to 40” of the EHang 184 AAVs have been built; the 184 is for one pilot, and has eight propellers on...

  • EHang Flight Test

    EHANG Doubles its 184

    In February 2018, EHANG — a major player in the quadcopter market — revealed a new version of its 184 eVTOL drone with two-seats and twice as many arms and propellers. The new version can carry a total payload of up to 620 lb (280 kg). The company had unveiled the original 184, whose name means “1 passenger, 8 propellers, 4 arms”, in January 2016 at the Consumer Electronics Show.

    In a video of the 184’s first public flights in Lianyungang...

  • Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    Aviation Comes to the Consumer at CES 2018

    By Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director

    Vertiflite, March/April 2018

    The Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2018 (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show) took place Jan. 9–12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Key themes at the largest technology...