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Archer aims for third phase of flight testing
Archer has completed the second of three key flight test phases, validating the Maker's crosswind capabilities and flight control system. It is now shifting quickly to expanding forward flight speed towards full transition.
Every flight test provides a treasure trove of data, validating the design and advancing the vision for eVTOL air travel.
Read this story in our September 2022 printed issue.

Archer Aviation has successfully completed all of its 'critical azimuth' flight tests, marking the completion of the second of three key phases of flight testing. The purpose of these tests is to validate the crosswind capabilities of Archer's eVTOL aircraft configuration and flight control systems. The company has now successfully flown Maker at increasing speeds of up to 15 knots, in various directions and attitudes.

Maker completed its first hover test flight in December last year. Following extensive ground testing and the addition of Archer's new tilt propeller system, the aircraft returned to flight testing earlier this year and has been flying almost daily of late, allowing the Archer flight test team to evaluate incremental speed increases and complex manoeuvres while in hover. The culmination of these tests also demonstrated the robustness of the aircraft's take off and landing capabilities.

Archer's flight test campaign has been designed to carefully evaluate the company's systems and technology. The rapid progress made by the company with Maker has allowed the validation of a number of technologies for its production aircraft. Having successfully validated various systems through this second phase of flight testing, Archer is now shifting into the third phase of its programme during which it will evaluate the aircraft's performance at increasing forward speeds. At the current rate of progress, the company continues to anticipate expanding to full transition flight by the end of the year.

“Every flight test we conduct provides us with a treasure trove of data, validating our design and rapidly propelling us towards our vision for eVTOL air travel,” says CEO Adam Goldstein. “This latest milestone is truly exciting and not only reinforces the capabilities of our aircraft design, but of our highly innovative team. We're excited to share more updates as we move the campaign even further forward in the coming months.”

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