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EHang establishes new eVTOL operating base in Tsukaba City, Japan

EHang Holdings Limited announced today that Japan’s first UAM Center has been established in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture. This facility serves as a demonstration flight site, ground infrastructure, and maintenance base for EHang’s various pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the region, including EH216-S, says a company press release.

“During the inauguration ceremony attended by Mr. Tatsuo Igarashi, mayor of Tsukuba City, the EH216-S pilotless eVTOL successfully completed its first flight in the Kanto region for aerial sightseeing. The establishment of the UAM Center is the result of a strategic partnership between EHang and AirX, a Japanese air mobility digital platform company. Situated on the site of the former Helicopter Control and Command Center owned by Ibaraki Prefectural Government, the UAM Center houses hangars with capacity for approximately 25 units of EH216-S aircraft. The shared landing platform, used by both helicopters and eVTOLs, covers an area of around 30,000 square meters. Developed by AirX in collaboration with Tsukuba Airlines, the UAM Center is designed to meet the evolving needs of next-generation air mobility that encompasses pilotless eVTOL aircraft, helicopters and private jets.”

In 2023, EHang became a member of Japan’s Public-Private Committee for Advanced Air Mobility.

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