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Lilium tasks Collins with inceptor system build
Collins Aerospace will design, develop and build new flight controls for Lilium’s type-conforming aircraft, bringing space and weight savings plus a new piloting philosophy for single pilot operations in the eVTOL realm.
The sidestick system will be used by the pilot to control the aircraft.

Lilium has teamed with Collins Aerospace to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet's inceptors, the sidestick system used by the pilot to control the aircraft.

The inceptors will provide safe and intuitive handling qualities, easy access to functionalities and an aesthetic, ergonomic design. While integrating all conventional mechanical and electrical flight controls into two sidesticks, the Collins Aerospace system brings a new piloting philosophy for single pilot operations in the eVTOL realm. The system will also be designed to bring significant space and weight savings compared to conventional sidesticks.

This collaboration continues Lilium's strategy of teaming up with established tier one aerospace suppliers to support certification and prepare the industrial ramp up. As part of the supplier agreement, Collins Aerospace, with its extensive experience in developing and certifying inceptors for commercial jets, will certify the Lilium Jet's inceptors to commercial aviation standards.

Lilium COO Yves Yemsi says: “Our partnership with Collins Aerospace allows us to reap the benefit of five decades of experience in flight deck controls. Our two companies' collaborative development approach allows us to re-imagine the cockpit and pilot experience, and further strengthens our path towards certification and commercialisation.”

“Our extensive experience innovating sidestick design is key when tackling the challenges of redefining the entire flight control philosophy for single pilot aircraft in this new market of advanced regional air mobility,” says Collins Aerospace propeller systems vice president and general manager Jean-François Chanut. “This innovating and exciting partnership with Lilium is a first step in defining the right solutions towards more automated, sustainable and safe operations for the future of flight.”

Collins Aerospace is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industry and a Raytheon Technologies business.

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