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FAA approves G-1 Certification Basis for Archer

September 9, 2021  By Helicopters Staff

Maker is being designed as a full-scale electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, capable of traveling 60 miles at 150 mph. (Image: Archer Aviation)

Archer Aviation Inc., a developer of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, announces that its FAA G-1 Issue Paper, Certification Basis (G-1 Certification Basis) has been approved and signed, enabling the company to move towards its goal of obtaining an FAA Type Certification for its eVTOL aircraft.

Archer has been actively engaged with the FAA through its Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation and the Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office to develop the airworthiness and environmental requirements necessary for full certification.

“We’re certainly proud to have hit this historic milestone for Archer. Obtaining the G-1 Certification Basis is a significant step forward towards Archer’s and the eVTOL industry’s goal of changing how people will move around urban environments,” said Archer’s Head of Certification, Eric Wright. “This is an exciting time to be a part of the aviation industry as we work to electrify the skies, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the FAA on revolutionizing aircraft transportation.”

The G-1 Certification Basis is based on the FAA’s certification standards contained in 14 C.F.R. Part 23. With Part 23 as the foundation, the G-1 Certification Basis sets forth the specific Airworthiness Standards and Environmental Standards required for FAA Type Certification. With these requirements now established, Archer explains it can focus on finalizing its G-2 Issue Paper with the FAA, which will set forth the means of compliance to meet the requirements set forth in the G-1 Issue Paper.


Archer has been working on the means of compliance for the G-2 Issue Paper with the FAA since earlier this year, as well as the necessary testing and methods required to demonstrate safety and compliance of its aircraft.

“The G-1 certification basis with the FAA is a pivotal breakthrough and yet another proof point that Archer is at the forefront of revolutionizing the future of urban transportation,” said Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines. “We are excited to continue to collaborate with Archer to usher in a new era of sustainability, mobility, and exploration.”


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