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Completion of final audit puts Lilium in line for DOA approval
An aerospace company in Europe can neither hold a type certificate nor undertake or approve design activity without a DOA. Lilium has now completed all four EASA DOA audits and should gets its certificate this year.
Lilium has both an EASA and FAA certification basis for a powered lift eVTOL aircraft.
Read this story in our August 2023 printed issue.

Lilium has successfully completed the fourth and final Design Organisation Approval (DOA) audit by EASA. This is a key milestone in the company's progress towards becoming an EASA DOA holder, a requirement for aircraft manufacturers, and demonstrates that Lilium has the necessary organisation, procedures, competencies and resources to design and certify aircraft.

EASA grants DOA holders special privileges. In particular DOA holders can a) have compliance documents accepted by the Agency without further verification and b) perform activities independently from the Agency. In collaboration with EASA, Lilium is pursuing a DOA specifically tailored for eVTOL and electric propulsion certification.

“In simple terms, a Design Organisation Approval can be thought of as a 'licence to operate'. An aerospace company in Europe can neither hold a type certificate nor undertake or approve design activity without having a DOA. Successfully completing the fourth and final DOA audit pays tribute to the calibre of our team and the rigour of our design processes,” says chief technology office Alastair McIntosh.

Lilium applied for EASA DOA in 2017 and has since been working to develop, implement and demonstrate the appropriate systems and resources. Having completed this fourth EASA audit, Lilium will now enter the final phase of the DOA process, the follow up and closure of outstanding actions and administrative steps to complete the process. Satisfactory conclusion of this phase leads to the issuance of the DOA certificate, targeted for later this year.

In parallel with the ongoing DOA process, Lilium continues to make substantial progress towards type certification of its Lilium Jet. Lilium was awarded its EASA certification basis for the Lilium Jet in 2020. EASA's requirements (SC-VTOL), published in 2019 after extensive industry consultation, represent the highest safety objectives globally for eVTOL aircraft. As previously announced, Lilium has submitted 100 per cent of its proposed certification plans for the Lilium Jet, with 78 per cent of the Means of Compliance agreed or accepted.

The FAA also issued its G-1 for the Lilium Jet last month, making Lilium the only eVTOL manufacturer with both an EASA and FAA certification basis for a powered lift eVTOL aircraft.

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