August 5, 2020

Pilotless Passenger Drone to Fly in Canada


EHang Holdings Limited, which bills itself as the world’s leading ‘autonomous aerial vehicle’ (AAV) company, announced that it has obtained a special flight operations certificate (SFOC) from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) that will allow it to conduct flight tests in Canada.

Plans are to test the EHang 216 aircraft in Quebec, becoming the first place in North America to allow flight tests of an AAV. This is not the first appearance of the EHang 216 in Canada. During last year’s ICAO 75th anniversary celebration in Montreal, the aircraft was showcased outside of ICAO’s Montreal headquarters.

“We are pleased to see EHang 216 receiving such an important certificate from TCCA, following consecutive flight approvals received from aviation authorities in different countries, including the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, the Civil Aviation Authority of Norway and the Civil Aviation Administration of China,” said EHang founder, chairperson and CEO. “It conveys a positive signal from global regulators to establish a supportive and sustainable regulatory environment for the UAM [AAV] industry. As a leader in the industry, EHang will continue to work with our customers and partners to provide safe, autonomous and eco-friendly air mobility solutions to the world.”

EHang, based in Guangzhou, China has a number of other interesting drones and projects on the go. Check them out on their website.

Image credits: EHang