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EHang receives Production Certificate for its EH-216-S eVTOL from the CAAC

EHang Holdings Limited has announced that the company has obtained the Production Certificate for its EH216-S passenger-carrying pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

According to the company:

“Following the groundbreaking obtaining of the Type Certificate (TC) and the Standard Airworthiness Certificate (AC) for the EH216-S, this remarkable achievement is another significant leap towards mass production for the eVTOL aircraft and the following commercial operations.

The PC granting ceremony was held at the International Conference Center of Huangpu District, Guangzhou on April 7, 2023.  “The PC is a critical certificate issued by the national aviation authority, the CAAC, to the aircraft manufacturer,” says the company. “Securing this certificate indicates that EHang has established a mass production quality management system that meets the CAAC’s airworthiness regulatory requirements, and the Company has been authorized for continued mass production. It is also a robust assurance for the product quality produced by EHang. The mass production quality management system for the EH216-S encompasses raw materials, supplier management, production organization, production quality control, aircraft pre-delivery test, after-sales repair and maintenance, etc. The system establishes clear guidelines and documentation for every step in the production procedure, ensuring comprehensive traceability and safety control to guarantee that each aircraft and its components rolling off the production line are in strict compliance with the approved type design and safety requirements.

“During the PC certification process, the review team of the Central-South Regional Administration of the CAAC conducted a comprehensive document review and on-site verification and validation from multiple perspectives of quality, production, testing and after-sales, based upon the Regulations on Certification of Civil Aviation Products and Parts (CCAR-21-R4), and the Production Approval and Supervision Procedures (AP-21-AA-2023-31). This included a strict and thorough assessment of EHang’s production capabilities and quality management system, including a total of 19 elements, such as organizational management, design documents control, personnel capabilities and qualifications, supplier management, production process control, inspection and testing, among others.

Huazhi Hu, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang, said: “The issuance of the PC is pivotal for the EH216-S as it opens the door to mass production, and a crucial step for our advancement towards commercial operations. As of today, the EH216-S has secured the TC, PC, and Standard AC from the CAAC. All the notable accomplishments relied on the collaboration and tireless efforts of the CAAC’s expert team and EHang’s team, and reflected our collective innovation, wisdom and expertise in aircraft design, manufacturing, quality management and other fields. With the PC as the starting point, we are poised to gradually expand production and delivery to meet escalating market demands. Our vision is to introduce safe and reliable pilotless eVTOL aircraft to the global market, thereby offering safe, autonomous and eco-friendly air mobility services to everyone.”

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(Image: The CAAC issued the Production Certificate for EH216-S to EHang)

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