Archer Aviation recently hosted the Federal AAM Interagency Working Group at its flight test facility, showcasing its progress in Advanced Air Mobility. The visit included over 70 representatives from various federal agencies, such as the Department of Transportation, White House, FAA, NASA, FCC, Department of Defense, and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The attendees had the opportunity to witness a live flight test, explore Archer's Midnight aircraft, and gain insights into the company's approach to aircraft design, safety, and certification.
The Federal AAM Interagency Working Group was formed by the Biden Administration to fulfill the requirements of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, which was passed by Congress and enacted into law in October 2022. The group's mission is to ensure the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility into the national airspace, with the aim of maintaining the United States' global leadership in the aerospace industry. This initiative seeks to enhance transportation options, stimulate economic activity and job creation, advance environmental sustainability and new technologies, and support emergency preparedness and competitiveness.
Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer, expressed his enthusiasm for the level of support received from the federal government in facilitating the safe entry of eVTOL aircraft into the U.S. market by 2025. The visit allowed many attendees to witness an eVTOL aircraft flight in person for the first time, showcasing the progress Archer has made. The demonstration highlighted the safety and low noise advantages of eVTOL aircraft, emphasizing Archer's advanced state of development.
“It was inspiring to see the level of support from across the federal government focused on ensuring the safe entry of eVTOL aircraft into the U.S. market in 2025,” said Adam Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Archer. “For many of our guests, this was the first time they’ve been able to witness an eVTOL aircraft flight in person. Our showcase emphasized just how far along we are, and demonstrated the safety and low noise advantages of eVTOL aircraft.”
Archer's ultimate goal is to revolutionize urban travel by providing electric air taxi flights that can replace long, time-consuming car commutes. Their vision is to offer estimated 10-20 minute flights, compared to the 60-90 minute car commutes, making travel more efficient and environmentally sustainable. The piloted Midnight aircraft, designed for four passengers, boasts a range of up to 100 miles and is optimized for rapid back-to-back flights with minimal charging time in between. Archer aims to provide a safe, sustainable, low-noise, and cost-competitive alternative to ground transportation.