The three-day 2021 Macau Business Aviation Exhibition has opened today (Friday) with the world’s first electric passenger-grade autonomous aerial vehicle, the EHang 216, on display.
Developed by Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle technology platform company, EHang Holdings Limited, the Ehang Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) EHang 216 is a quadcopter drone capable of manned and unmanned flight.
It can hold two people, with a maximum weight capacity of 260 kilogrammes and capable of reaching a maximum 160 km/h speed, and can be charged
by 220V or 380V power supply in 1 hour.
The aerial vehicle has been authorised for uses as diverse as sightseeing, aerial taxi services, logistics transport, transport of organs for human transplants and firefighting.
The EHang self-driving aircraft has completed multiple test flights around the world in 10 countries across Asia, Europe and North America, including China, the United States, the Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Austria, Canada, The United Arab Emirates and Estonia.
EHang announced previously that its autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle would carry out test flights in the Greater Bay Area as part of a new exploratory partnership, with trial flights conducted with Heli-Eastern, a low-altitude charter helicopter company that operates in Shenzhen.
The EHang vehicle on display at the Macau exhibition has been previously included in Melco Resorts’ TheArsenale’s pop-up flagship store at City of Dreams.
The 10th Macau Business Aviation Exhibition will last until November 12 with more than 100 aircraft on display at a 24,000 square meters exhibition area set at the Macau International Airport.
Organised by Nam Kwong, the exhibition expects to attract 200,000 visitors, including nearly 6,000 industry guests and more than 40,000 professional buyers.
The aircraft on display include mainstream business jet brands, including Gulfstream G550, France Dassault Falcon 7X, Falcon 2000, Honda Jet Elite, Airbus H135 helicopter or the Agusta AW139 helicopter.
The exhibition is part of the Macao Grand Expo – Exhibitions of Macao Automobile, Yacht and Business Aviation, organised by Nam Kwong (Group), China National Machinery Industry Corporation, China Aviation Supplies Holding Company and Macau Convention and Exhibition Association.