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FAA gives Special Airworthiness Certificate to Archer eVTOL

Archer Aviation has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Maker demonstrator aircraft. The Certificate allows Archer to begin flight testing its electric vehicle takeoff and landing (eVTOL) Maker aircraft. This was the final threshold for the company to clear before it could begin off-ground operations, with its first hover flight test slated for later this year.This latest milestone for Archer comes on the heels of the company receiving its FAA G-1 Issue Paper: Certification Basis in September. The G-1 Issue Paper established the airworthiness and environmental requirements of the aircraft prior to achieving FAA Type Certification.The FAA's inspection of the Maker aircraft was held at the company's California flight test facility, where Maker is undergoing final preparations for its first flight, as well as safety testing. As part of its formal inspection, the FAA conducted a comprehensive review of Maker to confirm the aircraft adheres to the Administration's safety standards."Earning our Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA marks a significant moment for our company as we take another leap ahead toward our goal of bringing eVTOL travel to the world," said Brett Adcock, Archer co-founder and co-CEO. "We're glad to share a commitment with the FAA to create urgently-needed air transportation solutions."
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