According to the eFlight Journal on July 2, Chinese drone maker EHang has delivered the first 10 of its two-seat Model 216 eVTOLs to a Chinese operator and eight more to deliver to undisclosed overseas clients, with additional deliveries in China coming. The EHang 216 is a derivative of the single-seat EHang 184 will operate with a special permit to fly under a specific operational risk assessment (SORA) trial rule by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) that allows the operator to carry passengers. The EHang 216 has two seats and 16 electric propellers on eight arms. It is a derivative of the company’s Model 184 with one passenger, eight propellers and four arms, which has been flying since 2016.
EHang also announced that on June 25, Huazhi Hu, the founder, chairman, and CEO of EHang, a pioneer in autonomous air mobility technology, was recognized for his achievements in the aviation industry at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards Europe. Hu is the first Chinese honoree.