The Lilium Design Philosophy: Safety, Collaboration, and Scalability
Daniel Wiegand, Chief Executive Officer
Lilium’s mission is to build radically better ways of moving and it starts with the Lilium Jet – the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet. But our goal is not a proof of concept. Our jet was designed from the start to create nothing less than a revolution in sustainable, high-speed regional air mobility. The foundation of our design is based on the principles of safety, simplicity, and scalability – which means an initial focus for us is the achievement of certification. We’ve known from the start that the FAA and EASA certification processes for eVTOL aircraft would require a safety standard equivalent to a commercial airliner, and that would require a very rigorous process.
That rigorous process is why we have hired some of the most experienced aviation leaders in the industry and a team of 450+ aerospace engineers. Our team has experience going through this tough process and is prepared to do the necessary work to reach the standards of safety and reliability required. And, as our Chief Operating Officer Yves Yemsi noted last November, “there can be no compromise on safety.”
Our rigorous process is also why we engaged early and often (since 2017!) with both EASA and the FAA, and why we were one of the earliest companies whose application for Type Certification was accepted by both authorities. We are also one of only a few eVTOL companies who have received our certification basis (CRI-A01) from EASA, a fundamental milestone in the certification journey.
But we did more than just engage with regulators, we joined industry-led rulemaking committees to contribute our knowledge to the process. We know that true change of complex and interdependent systems doesn’t come from outside the system – it comes from inside. Our goal is not to work against the aviation industry, it’s to work with it, because it takes more than your own team to do something as revolutionary as what we’re trying to do.
To successfully create a revolution in transportation, it requires building not only revolutionary designs, but also investing the time and effort to build trust with regulators and customers, and reliable relationships with suppliers and deployment partners. Which is why I’m excited to be talking to well over 70 suppliers and over 150 guests tomorrow at Lilium’s first annual Supplier Day. We plan to share with them that, based on the current status of our design activities to develop the safest possible aircraft, our discussions with regulators, and even taking into account two years of COVID and the continued global supply chain disruption, we plan to start building our first handful of conforming aircraft – the only type of aircraft that can be used for certification – next year (2023). Upon completion of the conforming aircraft build process we will then spend the following 15-18 months running our final test campaign with the aim of receiving our initial Type Certification in 2025, with scale production of our aircraft set to begin immediately upon certification.
We want our extended team of suppliers to feel confident that they have a partner who understands how important they are. At the end of the day, they’re building more than just an eVTOL with Lilium - they’ll be the force multiplier that gets us to scale and helps to achieve our mission to revolutionize sustainable air mobility for everyone. Given that, if you are interested in joining us on our mission – whether as an employee, or a new city, supplier or partner – we encourage you to reach out.
About Lilium Lilium (NASDAQ: LILM) is creating a sustainable and accessible mode of high-speed, regional transportation for people and goods. Using the Lilium Jet, an all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet, offering leading capacity, low noise and high performance with zero operating emissions, Lilium is accelerating the decarbonization of air travel. Working with aerospace, technology and infrastructure leaders, and with planned launch networks announced in Germany, the United States and Brazil. Lilium’s 750+ strong team includes approximately 400 aerospace engineers and a leadership team responsible for delivering some of the most successful aircraft in aviation history. Founded in 2015, Lilium’s headquarters and manufacturing facilities are in Munich, Germany, with teams based across Europe and the U.S. To learn more, visit www.lilium.com.
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