Edison Aerospace LLC has begun the process of registering its prototype aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, a big step on the path to delivering our first aircraft to new customers.
The path to Experimental airworthiness certification involves registering the future aircraft and getting a tail number assigned, building it and documenting every step of the build process, and finally having it inspected by an FAA Designated Engineering Representative for actual airworthiness before a Special Airworthiness Certificate is issued.
Our Prototype 1 aircraft that is currently undergoing flight computer and autopilot testing is registered and will operate under Part 107 authorization as an sUAS under 55lbs gross weight. Prototype 1 is scheduled to receive the tail number N990E, and the next aircraft we are currently building, Prototype 2, is scheduled to receive the number N992E. Prototype 2 will have a gross weight of 200lbs and will be undergoing the SAC process with the Orlando MIDO (Manufacturing Inspection District Office).
Prototype 2 will be a 1/3 scale model of the final, full-size Prototype 3, which is slated to receive the tail number N994EH.
Edison is proceeding with its R&D program to demo its Heavy 1 full-size spray aircraft to the public in the Spring of 2023 in parallel with the regulatory compliance program that has already begun.
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