Lilium, the manufacturer of an all-electric vertical take-off and landing jet (eVTOL) has transferred its 5th-generation technology demonstrators to the ATLAS Flight Test Centre in Villacarrillo, Spain where it will continue its flight test campaign.
The intention is to fly at higher speeds and over longer distances than those achieved in Germany. In addition, Lilium has appointed Andrew Strachan as its Chief Test Pilot. Strachan had originally served in the RAF, followed by working as Chief Test Pilot at Leonardo Helicopters, so he is accustomed to flying a wide range of aircraft types.
Commenting on his new role, Strachan said: “I’m thrilled to join Lilium at such an exciting moment in the company’s growth. As someone who has been influenced by aviation since childhood, it’s inspiring to be part of a company driving the next phase of sustainable, aeronautical technology.”
Working with aerospace, technology and infrastructure leaders, Lilium has announced planned networks 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 US.