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Japan: Ehang conducts latest 216 AAV trial flights

By Chris Stonor

EHang announced at the weekend that its flagship passenger AAV 216 successfully performed a maiden flight in Japan, reports a company press release.

The craft had obtained a trial flight permit from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) with a local partner. The 216 is the first passenger AAV to be given permission for outdoor open airspace trial flights in Japan.

One was completed at the “Leading the Revolution of Urban Air Mobility” event, organized by the Okayama Kurashiki Mizushima Aero & Space Industry Cluster Study Group (MASC) and EHang at Kasaoka Air Station in Okayama Prefecture. EHang and MASC are to collaborate further.

At the event, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Kato Katsunobu, requested his secretary, Sugihara Yohei, to attend and deliver a speech on his behalf.

Yohei said, “At present, many companies around the world have launched such flying car projects, and are conducting research and development and demonstration projects. As the government, we will actively improve aviation regulations while supporting private enterprises in a timely and appropriate manner. ”

Other guests included Ito Kaori, the Mayor of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture; Yoshifumi Kobayashi, the Mayor of Kasaoka City, Okayama Prefecture; Inoue Mineichi, the Head of the Kurashiki Chamber of Commerce and Industry; and Sugimoto Tetsuya, the Head of Kasaoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Hashimoto Gaku

Hashimoto Gaku, a member of the Japan House of Representatives and Narisawa Koichi, the Counselor of Civil Aviation Bureau at MLIT, were unable to attend, but Hasimoto sent a statement: “I am very pleased that Japan’s first trial flight of a flying car took place in the land of Okayama.”

He continued, “We have high expectations for flying cars as a new generation for the growth industries. We look forward to developing flying cars as social services through public-private cooperation.”

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