FAA Issues G‑1 for Lilium Jet, making company only eVTOL manufacturer with EASA and FAA certification basis for powered lift

EF Global VTOL

27 Jun 2023


Lilium announced today that it has received the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) G‑1 Certification Basis necessary for type certificate validation of its Lilium Jet, reports a press release. This follows the EASA Certification Basis granted in 2020.

The release explains, “To achieve global commercial operations, Lilium is pursuing concurrent certification of the Lilium Jet through validation by the FAA under the provisions of the Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the EU and U.S.” Lilium is one of only a few eVTOL companies seeking dual certification and the only aircraft company holding both an EASA and FAA Certification Basis for a powered lift.   

The release continues, “Both certification bases result from a collaborative relationship Lilium has established over the years under the leadership of its experienced senior aerospace engineers who have developed and delivered some of the world’s most successful and complex aircraft.”

Alastair McIntosh, Lilium’s Chief Technology Officer, commented, “We are the first powered lift eVTOL pioneer in our industry holding a Certification Basis from EASA and the FAA. This is a major step towards our goal of achieving early certification of our aircraft in key markets to support a worldwide entry into service.”

He continued, “As per FAA practice, there will now be a collaborative process where Lilium and EASA provide feedback to the FAA before the G‑1 is issued for public consultation. We look forward to continued collaboration with both air regulators.”

Klaus Roewe. Lilum’s CEO, added, “Receiving the FAA G‑1 opens the way for the expected start of global operations in late 2025.”