Lilium partners with Lufthansa Aviation Training to train eVTOL pilots

Lilium jet

It’s a jet, Jim, but not as we know it… Images: Lilium

New types of aircraft need new methods of pilot training so Lilium, the Munich-based company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) for regional air mobility, is partnering with Lufthansa Aviation Training.

Together, Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training will develop a tailor made Pilot Sourcing and Training programme to qualify pilots to fly the Lilium Jet.

The first phase will be a bespoke Lilium type rating for qualified commercial pilots. It will harness new technologies including Mixed and Virtual Reality (MR/VR) opening possibilities to recreate the programme worldwide and enabling a stable pipeline of qualified pilots.

Lilium jet training

Training to fly an eVTOL such as the Lilium Jet will require new skills – and new ways of teaching

Lufthansa Aviation Training, a member of the Lufthansa Group, will provide expertise into the training and development of competencies necessary for a new field of piloting.

Lilium and Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT) will also jointly work together with EASA (EU) and FAA (USA) regulatory authorities on certification.

Remo Gerber, Chief Operating Officer, Lilium said, “Opening a new professional segment for pilots of the future is a challenge we have long been excited to undertake and Lufthansa Aviation Training is the perfect partner.

“Their insights, experience and dedication to forward-thinking training concepts ensure that our pilots will be selected and trained to the highest calibre, an industry standard which we will establish through this partnership.”

Lilium Vertiport

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Tiziana Heilig, Managing Director and CFO, LAT said, “We are thrilled to be working with Lilium to create a training setup which is unlike any seen before. As one of the leaders in this vibrant sector, we look forward to this cooperation to share each other’s wealth of knowledge to provide an unparalleled aviation training experience.”

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