TCab Tech starts bid to land type certificate for E20 eVTOL prototype

This development signals a new step in the company's efforts to seek official endorsement of its 5-seat E20 as an airworthy model.

TCab Tech (时的科技), a Shanghai-based eVTOL startup, announced today that the CAAC East China Regional Administration had agreed on October 27 to review the company’s application for a type certificate for its E20 tiltrotor eVTOL aircraft.

This development signals a new step in the company’s efforts to seek official endorsement of its 5-seat E20 as an airworthy model.

This official stamp of approval is crucial for its plan to commercialize the eVTOL technologies for air taxi or cargo delivery services.

TCab Tech said it had recommended several “qualified individuals” to serve as engineering representatives during the airworthiness screening process.

Besides, it also plans to team up with universities in China to push forward the acquisition of a type certificate.

Year to date, TCab Tech has conducted a series of tests on parameters ranging from structure rigidity and reliance of aviation electrical equipment to adaptability to the environment and its battery and motor performance.

These steps laid the groundwork for the firm to secure a registration number — B-0EEW — for its E20 prototype and a special permit to conduct flight tests.

cnrobopedia reported last week that the startup had completed the first in a string of test flights for E20 at an airport in Hengdian in neighboring Zhejiang, home to a thriving movie studio industry.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at

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