On Jan. 23, the Airworthiness Department of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued its “Guidance on UAV Airworthiness Certification based on Operational Risks,” aimed at establishing a risk-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airworthiness management system by the end of 2019. EHang and four other Chinese UAV companies were authorized to initiate and develop different UAV programs in exploring airworthiness standards and certification methods for UAVs for transporting cargo, inspecting powerlines and carrying passengers, including EHang’s Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV).
In a press release, EHang stated: “As the major program receiving CAAC authority attention, EHang's proprietarily-developed AAVs represent the key element shaping the future urban air mobility, an emerging and promising industry that is expected to provide a new mobility method for humankind.” EHang is also test flying small package carrying drones and developing passenger carrying fixed-wing UAVs.
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