California-based Archer Aviation is expanding its supplier list with a new agreement with FACC, a developer and manufacturer of aircraft components and systems. FACC is to fabricate and supply key fuselage and wing elements that will be used in producing Archer’s five-seat eVTOL aircraft.
“Archer believes that working with established leaders in the supply of aerospace components will help drive our long-term success, and our choice to work with FACC certainly reflects that,” said Adam Goldstein, CEO of Archer, in a press release. “FACC’s proven track record in fabricating advanced composite structures for the aerospace industry, coupled with their focus on innovation and safety, makes them the perfect supplier for some of the most significant elements of our aircraft structure.”
Archer is developing a five-seat eVTOL aircraft with a targeted range of 60 miles (95 kilometers) and a cruise speed of 150 mph (240 km/h).
The agreement with FACC comes as Archer aims to achieve type certification for its production aircraft in 2024, and launch aerial ridesharing services. Archer is continuing its flight test program, sharing footage of its flights on social media and previously telling eVTOL.com that it intends to achieve its transition flight by the end of the year.
“We are exceptionally proud to be able to count Archer, one of the market leaders in the emerging field of urban air mobility, among our customers,” said Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC. “We expect this exciting new area of aviation to show strong growth, and we’re thrilled to be part of the journey with such an innovative partner.”
In April, Archer announced an agreement with Hexcel that would see the aerospace composites producer supply high-performance carbon fiber material for Archer’s aircraft.