Enabling type certification of electric air taxis is a priority for the FAA, but equally important is ensuring these new types of aircraft can operate at scale in the U.S. national airspace system, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson has told Aviation Week.
German regional air mobility startup Lilium is to go public in a deal expected to provide up to $830 million in funds to complete certification, begin production and launch commercial operation of its piloted seven-seat Lilium Jet air taxi in 2024.
As it ramps up plans to launch its regional air mobility service, German startup Lilium has partnered with airport constructor and operator Ferrovial to develop and operate a network of at least 10 vertiports across Florida.
German air taxi startup Lilium is in “detailed discussions” with major suppliers as it prepares the next stage in development and service-entry of its Lilium Jet after concluding an agreement with Toray Industries to deliver composites for the aircraft’s structure.
With plans to operate as well as produce its electric air taxis, German startup Lilium has unveiled its thinking on modular vertiports that could start small, but scale up quickly as the market takes off.