Passenger drones could offer a solution to the hustle and bustle of airport traffic and parking problems. EHang BVLOS test flights for airport transport and parcel delivery have now been completed in Estonia as part of the European Union’s GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation project.
A spokesman for EHang (Nasdaq: EH) says the flights are of great importance: “These test flights are among the first test waves of the two-year GOF 2.0 project with a focus on entry and exit from defined airspaces,” says EHang. “The experiments show how manned and unmanned aviation can enter and leave different types of airspace, such as controlled and uncontrolled airspace and U-space airspace.”
The test was made possible by a special permit from the Estonian Transport Authority to EHang for test flights in the designated Estonian airspace until the end of 2021. EHang has already conducted test flights of passenger aircraft in 10 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. EHang has agreements with European cities like Seville, Spain to bring urban air mobility to the continent. In South Korea, the government says urban air mobility and AAV transportation will be commercialized within a few years.
The EHang BVLOS test flights in Estonia bring the passenger drone transport closer: The latest models from EHang are designed for long-distance traffic in overland traffic.
The EHang 216 is the first AAV for passengers to have carried out BVLOS test flights in Estonian airspace. During the live testing, the EHang 216 conducted a flight mission with a passenger VIP transport scenario from Tartu Airport to the Estonian Aviation Museum, with no passenger on board, to demonstrate eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) use cases and scenarios intra-city – and peripheral flights.
In addition, EHang Falcon’s logistics model completed a parcel delivery flight mission from Tartu Airport to a freight terminal at the Estonian Aviation Museum to demonstrate the use cases and scenarios of low-level automated parcel delivery drones.
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