The purpose of aircraft certification, normally called ‘Type-Certification’ is to ensure that aircraft are designed and maintained at the highest and most meticulous safety and performance standards. The requirements for certification are published by governmental authorities (regulators) in each geography and have been improved and refined over several decades to ensure that all aircraft, particularly passenger aircraft, are ‘airworthy’.

We both joined Lilium because we were inspired by an exciting and entirely unique approach to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology and with it the opportunity to help shape the future of sustainable and environmentally cleaner air mobility. Between the two of us, we have over thirty years’ experience in obtaining certification for, and delivering some of, the world’s most successful and complex commercial aircraft.

Yves Yemsi, Chief Program Officer, and Bhavesh Mandalia, Head of Airworthiness

We are aiming to achieve Entry Into Service (“EIS” in industry parlance) in 2024, which is a fairly ambitious goal. At first glance, we recognize that our timeline may appear challenging, but we are confident in our program timelines, as explained in the full post.