In addition to the national strength of the United Kingdom and the United States, the two traditional aviation giants, Airbus and Boeing, also joined the UAM competition. The Airbus Vahana prototype completed its first test flight on January 31, 2018, with a flight altitude of 5 meters. 53 seconds; Boeing's PAV prototype completed its first test flight on January 23, 2019. In June 2019, Boeing actively revealed to the media that the PAV prototype crashed during a test flight, with no casualties.
In 2016, Yihang launched a single-seat version of the 184 model, and in February 2018 released an upgraded version of the two-seat 216 model, while releasing manned flight video. In April 2019, Yihang 216 conducted a public flight demonstration in Vienna, Austria. According to reports, a total of 17 people experienced the flight on the day of the event.
Yihang 216 completed a public manned flight demonstration in Austria
Two other startups recently released flight videos. Volocoper's latest 2X model flew over Singapore's Marina Bay, with a flight distance of about 1.5 kilometers, a flight time of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, an average cruising altitude of 40 meters, and a pilot in the cabin. drive. Lilium announced the completion of the first phase of the test while releasing the flight video, with a flight speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
Among the "technical long-distance running", Yihang is the only Chinese team that is undoubtedly the one that runs the furthest. Chinese technology has won beautiful!
According to the prospectus submitted by Yihang Airlines, Yihang has completed a large number of public flight demonstrations in Austria, Qatar, the Netherlands and China, and has also completed small batch delivery this year. Recently, there have been heavy cooperation, including cooperation with DHL-Sinotrans of the logistics industry to land a drone courier solution in Dongguan; cooperation with the Guangzhou Municipal Government to establish a UAM pilot; cooperation with Vodafone for all Europe The operating E-Aircraft is equipped with high-quality mobile communication network services...
More importantly, Yihang announced at the beginning of this year that it cooperated with the Civil Aviation Administration of China to launch the country’s first manned-class self-driving aircraft, which is also the “air taxi” pilot. What does this pilot mean? Yihang is working with the Civil Aviation Administration of China to explore the relevant standards and regulations for the “air taxi” in the core area of the future UAM market.
It should be noted that, on a global scale, agencies and governments do not have any written laws, regulations and standards for UAM. Regulatory agencies, including ICAO, European Civil Aviation Organization, the United States Federal Aviation Administration, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, are also competing. The party that has taken the lead in formulating relevant regulations will undoubtedly occupy the "right to talk" of the future UAM industry.