EHang’s 216 two-seater passenger air taxi has been given an operational flight permit by Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), for long-term testing and lays the foundation for further urban air mobility (UAM) in other EU countries, reports intelligent transport.com .
According to CAA Norway, it believes the country ’s geographic conditions suit the testing of unmanned aircraft and air taxis. Covered with a long strip of land with abundance of sparsely populated areas and free airspace, the country has started to build a network of small airports since the 1960s, connecting most territories around the country.
Bente Heggedal, the head of section for unmanned aviation, CAA Norway, commented: “Autonomous passenger aircrafts of the future can contribute to more efficient transport, particularly in urban areas and the electric models are a great contribution to the green shift.
“We look forward to EHang’s demonstrations to prove that air taxis can be a safe alternative for passenger transport.”
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