Lilium Teams With Collins To Design, Build eVTOL Control Systems

Companies expect their dual-sidestick controls to boost efficiency and operate intuitively.

The Lilium Jet eVTOL is expected to feature a dual-sidestick control system designed and built by Collins Aerospace. [Courtesy: Lilium N.V.]

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM), the German eVTOL aircraft developer, said it formed a partnership with Collins Aerospace to design, develop and build the Lilium Jet’s flight control system.

The controls, which Lilium calls inceptors, are to be designed in an arrangement that integrates all conventional mechanical and electrical flight controls into two sidesticks. Lillium said it expects the Collins system to introduce “a new piloting philosophy for single pilot operations in the eVTOL realm” and to “provide safe and intuitive handling qualities, easy access to functionalities, and an aesthetic, ergonomic design.”

Lilium said its collaboration with Collins continues a company strategy of working with established tier-one suppliers to prepare for certification and the ramp-up of production. Under the companies’ agreement, Collins will certify the Lilium Jet’s inceptors to commercial aviation standards, Lillium said.

“Our partnership with Collins Aerospace allows us to reap the benefit of five decades of experience in flight deck controls,” said Yves Yemsi, COO at Lilium. “Our two companies’ collaborative development approach allows us to reimagine the cockpit and pilot experience, and further strengthens our path towards certification and commercialization.”

Jean-François Chanut, vice president and general manager of Collins Aerospace Propeller Systems, said, “Our extensive experience innovating sidestick design is key when tackling the challenges of redefining the entire flight control philosophy for single-pilot aircraft in this new market of advanced regional air mobility.” He added, “This innovating and exciting partnership with Lilium is a first step in defining the right solutions towards more automated, sustainable, and safe operations for the future of flight.”

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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