Air taxi maker Lilium receives major EASA eVTOL development authorization
German electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) plane startup Lilium has obtained authorization from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that will allow it far greater flexibility and range in developing its future battery-powered air taxi toward certification.
Munich-based Lilium announced it had received the EASA’s Design Organization Approval for its continuing eVTOL activities, which it hopes to cap with certification of its air taxi and private electric jet aircraft in coming years. The development is notable for both the company and the sector’s push to bring sustainable next generation craft into operation – though one thick in arcane administrative language and definitions.
The EASA’s own explanation of its Design Organization Approval is seemingly crafted to provoke either narcolepsy or insanity. Lilium’s description of the authorization isn’t much better in calling it “a seal of quality assurance…