German-based Lilium said it has completed its second design organization approval (DOA) audit by European aviation authorities for its Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft. The approval is a requirement for all commercial aircraft manufacturers in order to certify new aircraft.
The company will need to successfully complete two more audits before being granted its DOA from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which it expects to receive at the same time as its type certification in 2025.
This is the latest milestone in Lilium’s path to certifying its eVTOL aircraft. The developer initially applied for its DOA in 2017, and established a certification basis with EASA in 2020.
Lilium said it’s pursuing concurrent type certification for its Lilium Jet with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the European Union and the U.S.
The German startup is developing a six-passenger eVTOL aircraft for air taxi services, as well as a four-passenger “club cabin” for elite private buyers. The company said the aircraft can also be reconfigured for cargo delivery services.