Thursday, April 18, 2024

Lilium becomes the first eVTOL startup with EASA and FAA certification basis

Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company Lilium has taken another step on its path to start a commercial air taxi service by 2025. The German startup is one of the few eVTOL companies seeking dual certification in the EU and the U.S.

Founded in 2015, Lilium had to focus on getting a green signal from Lilium’s primary airworthiness authority, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). It hit the first milestone in 2020 when EASA issued its certification basis for the Lilium Jet.

Now three years later, the company is proud to announce it received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) G-1 Certification Basis necessary for type certificate validation of its Lilium Jet as well.

To enable global operations, Lilium is pursuing concurrent certification of the Lilium Jet through validation by the FAA under the provisions of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the EU and the U.S. The company says it is the only pioneer holding both an EASA and FAA certification basis for a powered lift eVTOL aircraft.

From the beginning, the company has focused on ensuring that its design, engineering, and business operations align with the rigorous safety standards and certification procedures to achieve global acceptance.

“We are the first powered lift eVTOL pioneer in our industry holding a Certification Basis from EASA and the FAA,” said Alastair McIntosh, Lilium’s Chief Technology Officer. “This is a major step towards our goal of achieving early certification of our aircraft in key markets to support a worldwide entry into service. We are grateful to have found great partners on both sides of the pond to electrify the skies. As per FAA practice, there will now be a collaborative process where Lilium and EASA provide feedback to the FAA before the G-1 is issued for public consultation. We look forward to continued collaboration with the FAA and EASA.”

Both Certification Bases result from a collaborative relationship Lilium has established over the years under the leadership of Lilium’s experienced senior aerospace engineers, who have developed and delivered some of the world’s most successful and complex aircraft. Receiving the FAA G-1 demonstrates the Lilium Jet’s path to global acceptance by aerospace regulators and the expected start of global operations in late 2025 for the revolutionary Lilium Jet.