EHang has completed the debut aerial sightseeing demonstration flight of its 216 aircraft in Bali, with the help of local partner Prestige Aviation. Immediately beforehand, the company was awarded a Special Certificate of Airworthiness by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Indonesia, which meant it was Indonesia's first passenger-grade AAV approved for a public unmanned flight demo.
The EHang 216 made a five minute autonomous flight at the Villa Blackstone Beach, watched by Bambang Soesatyo, chairman of the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly, Bali Tourism Office head Putu Astawa and Prestige Corp CEO and founder Rudy Salim.
Soesatyo says: “We are entering a new chapter in transportation. As a modern transportation solution, the EHang 216 will change our lifestyle in the future.” And Salim adds: “Prestige Aviation aspires to be the pioneer to provide smart city innovations with digital-based transport implementation. As an AAV, EHang 216 can become an effective, affordable mobility and efficient solution for Indonesian air mobility.”
“The successful flight demo fully showcased EHang 216's potential for efficient island hopping and air transportation. We are pleased to join hands with Indonesian local partners to bring our leading AAVs and UAM solutions to Indonesia, one of the most promising UAM markets in southeast Asia," says EHang chairman and CEO Hu Huazhi. "Our global network of renowned and reliable partners continues to expand, and we believe this is a significant step for our sustainable, consistent success. We look forward to long-term business development prospects in Indonesia.”