The Chinese eVTOL developer EHang has completed three successful demonstrations of its EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) in South Korea. In Seoul, the aircraft took off from Yeouido Island, performing an autonomous flight over a densely populated area. Next, it flew in Suseong District, Daegu City, to deliver a package containing a 119 fire emergency kit and automated external defibrillator. The final demonstration was done at Jeju Island, where the aircraft flew over the coastline to demonstrate an aerial sightseeing use case.
EHang said its demos were completed after obtaining the first special certificate of airworthiness to be issued for a “passenger-grade” AAV by South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport. “The Korean flight tour lays a solid foundation for future business expansion in Korea with potential acceleration to its UAM [urban air mobility] operations,” the company said.