The standby instrumentation serves as a backup display if the cockpit instrumentation fails

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

April 3, 2024

4 Min Read
Lilium

A German developer of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle has received the first set of standby flight instruments from Garmin.

The standby instrumentation received by Lilium serves as a backup display if the cockpit instrumentation fails.

The backup system is intended to aid in the dual type-certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Lilium electric jet.

“Our decision to collaborate with Garmin on this critical system followed an extensive evaluation process and we are delighted with the great progress,” said Martin Schuebel, senior vice president of procurement. “These first deliveries confirm once again our strategy of working with tier-one aerospace companies with proven experience in delivering products certified to the highest standards of aviation safety.”

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The Garmin flight instrument, in use on thousands of certified aircraft, is expected to be integrated into the Lilium Jet’s cockpit to interface with the electric aerial vehicle’s (EAV) flight control computer. 

The system has a touchscreen flight display.

Lilium recently partnered with an electric vehicle charging infrastructure and microgrid company to provide charging systems for its electric jets.

Related:Flying Taxi Company Buying 120 Chargers; Liquid-Cooled Cables

The EAV maker put in an order for 120 chargers from Star Charge for its ground and flight-testing vehicles.

The chargers use a long, liquid-cooled charging cable for high-performance charging.

The deal followed an earlier announcement earlier that Lilium was teaming with jet and helicopter operator PhilJets to establish advanced air mobility (AAM) services in the Philippines and other Southeast Asia countries.

Lilium and PhilJets plan to jointly develop routes and determine passenger demand for an on-demand eVTOL service in the region.  

That deal also included the sale of 10 Lilium jets to PhilJets.

This is not the first announcement relating to EAV services starting in the Philippines.

LuftCar, the developer of a hydrogen-powered eVTOL, also is expanding into the Philippines via a new partnership.

LuftCar and eFrancisco Motor Corporation (eFMC) in the Philippines recently formed a strategic partnership to develop and deploy the LuftCar flying car system in the Philippines.

The LuftCar hydrogen-powered air vehicle would connect to and lift road vehicles created by eFMC, a major jeepney manufacturer.

LuftCar plans to lead the EAV vehicle prototype development and eFMC would provide the vehicle chassis.

In the Lilium-PhilJets partnership, the plan is to bring high-speed regional air mobility to Southeast Asia.

Related:Flying Taxi Company Partners for Service in Philippines; Electric Jets

The Lilium eVTOL craft is a jet, unlike most EAVs.

The seven-seater vehicles are planned as a regional air mobility service, connecting cities and towns up to 125 miles apart at speeds of up to 185 mph.

The flying vehicle features forward canards (small wings near the front) along with main wings and a distributed propulsion system with fixed landing gear without hydraulics.

During takeoff, the plane would use its 36 electric ducted fans to hover for up to 25 seconds and 20 seconds during the landing phase, according to the company. Most of the flight time would be in the cruise stage with a relatively short takeoff and landing time.

The company estimates the range of the craft at 150 miles.

Lilium has teamed with the Lufthansa Group to explore opportunities in aviation including ground and flight operations, EAV maintenance and flight training in Europe.

Founded in 2015, Lilium has manufacturing facilities in Munich, Germany, with teams in the U.S. and Europe and has started production of its vehicle with the European market expected to account for more than 9,000 vehicles through 2035.

The fuselage for the Lilium jet was developed by Aciturri in Spain, with delivery to Lilium facilities in Germany. Aciturri, also a Lilium investor, has designed and manufactured airframe components for Airbus, Boeing and Embraer.

Related:Flying Taxi Company Teams With Lufthansa

Lilium recently secured $192 million in financing in addition to a coming public offering. It received funding from different investors including board members and initial backer Tencent Holdings.

The company is not alone in the race for new air transportation services, including flying cars, personal air vehicles, ultralights, which do not require a pilot license, and certified vehicles, which require a license.

One eVTOL company, Joby Aviation, recently announced the planned building of a facility in Dayton, Ohio, to deliver up to 500 eVTOL vehicles a year. Joby has partnerships with Uber and Delta Air Lines.

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Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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