Tuesday, February 20, 2024

First conforming Midnight aircraft will emerge in the coming week

In the eVTOL world, it’s important not only to have a visually impressive design but also to ensure that it can be certified and manufactured on a large scale. Archer Aviation is aiming to be a trailblazer in the industry by successfully bringing its commercial aircraft to market.

According to its recent announcement, the Company has made significant progress in constructing its first three conforming Midnight aircraft. The Company is in the process of final assembly of the first aircraft, and its initial fleet of piloted aircraft is set to begin flight testing later this year. Archer plans to conduct credit flight testing with the FAA, which will help them in their efforts to commercialize their aircraft in 2025.

Archer is making great progress with their commercialization plans. Their aircraft are going to have components and systems that conform to the intended type design, which will allow for credit flight testing with the FAA after their flight testing phase is completed. The final assembly will take place at Archer’s manufacturing facility in San Jose, California.

“The key to achieving FAA certification is flying a conforming aircraft. I believe we are positioned to be the first in the sector to do so,” said Archer Founder & CEO Adam Goldstein. “From day one, Archer’s strategy has been to build an aircraft that is certifiable and manufacturable at scale. This focus is what has allowed us to move quicker and more efficiently than any other company in the industry over the last few years.”

Archer’s goal is to transform urban travel, replacing 60-90-minute commutes by car with estimated 10-20 minute flights that are safe, sustainable, low noise, and cost-competitive with ground transportation. Archer’s Midnight is a piloted, four-passenger aircraft designed to perform rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charge time between flights.