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German eVTOL developer Lilium has extended its type certification timeline, stating that the company is now targeting 2025 to receive certification for the Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft.
The company’s CEO Daniel Wiegand shared the news in a blog post on Lilium’s website, asserting that the company is going through a “rigorous process” with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure that its aircraft would meet a “safety standard equivalent to a commercial airliner.”
“Our rigorous process is also why we engaged early and often (since 2017) with both EASA and the FAA, and why we were one of the earliest companies whose application for type certification was accepted by both authorities,” Wiegand wrote. “We are also one of only a few eVTOL companies who have received our certification basis (CRI-A01) from EASA, a fundamental milestone in the certification journey.”
Lilium had previously set its goal of receiving type certification from EASA in 2024, but company executives recently adjusted its timeline to 2025 based on its current design activity status to develop a safe aircraft, its discussions with regulators, and the global supply chain disruptions.
“We want to really proceed with the right maturity and at the right pace. Safety is super important for us,” Yves Yemsi, Lilium’s chief operating officer, told eVTOL.com. “That points to type certification in 2025.”
Wiegand stated that the company now plans to build its first conforming aircraft in 2023, and unlike some competitors like California-based Joby Aviation, Lilium is steering away from vertical integration for its manufacturing plan. Wiegand stated that Lilium’s goal is “not to work against the aviation industry [but] to work with it, because it takes more than your own team to do something as revolutionary as what we’re trying to do.”