FAA Issues Final Airworthiness Criteria for Archer’s Midnight eVTOL

The FAA's issuance of final airworthiness criteria provides a solidified path for Archer to achieve Type Certification for Midnight, according to the company.

(Santa Clara, California) Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) developer Archer Aviation (NYSE: ACHR) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued for public inspection the final airworthiness criteria for Archer’s Midnight eVTOL aircraft.

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Photo of Archer's Midnight electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on a tarmac courtesy of Archer Aviation.

Archer is one of two companies in the world to achieve this certification progress with the FAA for an eVTOL aircraft; on March 11th, eVTOL developer Joby Aviation (NYSE: JOBY) announced that the FAA had published its final airworthiness criteria for the company’s its five-seat JAS4-1 eVTOL air taxi, after the FAA approved its certification plans for the JAS4-1 model on February 21.

Per today’s press release from Archer, the FAA’s issuance of final airworthiness criteria for Midnight marks a significant regulatory milestone, providing a solidified path for Archer to achieve Type Certification for Midnight. Archer is currently in the process of ramping up its “for credit” testing with the FAA and preparing to begin its piloted flight testing later this year.

“Midnight is one giant step closer to taking passengers into the sky in the coming years in the U.S.,” said ,” said Archer’s Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer and former FAA Administrator Billy Nolen. “The final airworthiness criteria for Midnight is an important step on our journey to make electric flying taxis an everyday reality. Thank you to the team at the FAA for their continued hard work in support of making the electrification of aviation a reality.”

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