In what it calls “a landmark moment for Lilium and for electric aviation as a whole”, the company has revealed that its Phoenix 2 demonstrator achieved transition to wing borne flight. According to the company it is the first ‘full size’ electric tilt thrust aircraft to make the move from hover to wing borne flight. Commenting, Matthias Meiner, Phoenix Chief Engineer and Lilium Co-Founder said: “Main wing transition is a huge step forward on our path to launch and it validates our flight dynamics model. Full credit goes to the outstanding team who worked so hard to get us here, and who remain laser-focused on the rest of the flight test campaign.”
Lilium plans to continue expanding the type’s flight envelope over the summer before making the move to testing a production conforming model in 2023 with EASA and FAA type certification targeted for 2025.