Chinese eVTOL developer EHang has completed its debut flight demonstration of its EH216 for aerial sightseeing in Bali, Indonesia.
According to a company issued press release, the EH216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) is Indonesia’s first “passenger-grade” AAV approved for public unmanned flight demonstrations. The two-seat aircraft received its special certificate of airworthiness from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation before the demonstration.
“The successful flight demo fully showcased EH216’s potential for efficient island hopping and air transportation,” said Hu Huazhi, founder, chair and CEO of EHang, in a press release. “We are pleased to join hands with Indonesian local partners to bring our leading AAVs and UAM [urban air mobility] solutions to Indonesia, one of the most promising UAM markets in Southeast Asia.”
The demonstration was conducted in cooperation with Indonesian partner Prestige Aviation. VIP guests Bambang Soesatyo, chair of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly, Putu Astawa, head of the Bali Tourism Office, and Rudy Salim, CEO and founder of Prestige Corp., were invited to witness the five-minute autonomous flight at the Villa Black Stone beach in Bali.
The EH216 is a multicopter drone that’s targeting a maximum payload of 220 kilograms (485 pounds), and a range of 35 kilometers (22 miles). With 16 propellers and 16 electric motors, the aircraft aims to reach a maximum altitude of 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and a cruise speed of 100 km/h (62 mph).