Archer unveils its production aircraft, Midnight™

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–()–Archer Aviation Inc. (NYSE:ACHR), a leader in eVTOL aircraft, today publicly unveiled its production aircraft, Midnight, a pilot plus four-passenger eVTOL aircraft at its Open House event in Palo Alto, CA. California. Midnight is the evolution of Archer’s eVTOL demonstration aircraft, Maker, which validated its proprietary twelve-tilt-six configuration and key enabling technologies.

Midnight is designed to be safe, durable, quiet and, with its rated payload of over 1,000 pounds, can carry four passengers plus a pilot. Midnight is optimized for consecutive short trips of around 20 miles, with a charging time of around 10 minutes in between. Archer is working to certify Midnight with the FAA in late 2024 and will then use it as part of its UAM network, which it plans to launch in 2025.

“Since day one, Archer’s strategy has always been to find the most efficient route to market for eVTOL aircraft,” said Adam Goldstein, founder and CEO of Archer. “We believe that our strategy and our team’s ability to execute it has allowed us to establish our leading position in the market, and that is why we are confident that we will be the first company to certify an eVTOL aircraft to the United States with the FAA.”

Archer’s unique approach to designing Midnight focuses on combining high functionality and high emotion, inspiring passengers to want to experience it, similar to the feeling that was evoked in this country during the heyday of aviation in the 1950s. Archer is confident that Midnight will lead the way into this new era of vertical flight. Midnight combines state-of-the-art electric propulsion technology with state-of-the-art aircraft systems to deliver the key attributes of our eVTOL aircraft:

  • Security. High redundancy and simplified propulsion systems make it a significantly safer aircraft than a helicopter. Midnight has no single critical point of failure, which means that in the event of a single component failure, the aircraft can still safely complete its flight. Additionally, the electric motors used in Midnight have far fewer moving parts than those found in a gas turbine or piston engine, allowing it to operate with less maintenance and lower overall risk.
  • low noise. Designed to cruise at around 2,000 feet, Midnight’s design is such that the noise that reaches the ground should be around 45 A-weighted decibels (dBA), nearly 1,000 times quieter than that of a helicopter. During forward flight, the aircraft’s tilting propellers rotate on axes aligned with the oncoming airflow, rather than at the edges of the flow, as is the case with traditional helicopters. further reducing noise levels. Since Archer’s plane spins 12 small propellers rather than a single large rotor, he can also spin them at significantly lower top speeds, resulting in much lower noise levels.
  • Sustainable. Midnight is fully electric, resulting in zero operating emissions. Archer is committed to sourcing renewable energy whenever possible to power its aircraft. Archer’s design and engineering teams have worked tirelessly to incorporate materials into this aircraft that have their own unique durability stories. For example, Midnight’s seats are constructed from “flax” fiber, a natural plant that requires very little irrigation and is very CO2 absorbent. Additionally, Archer’s design uses fabric made from recycled content like plastic bottles.

“We are continuing our commercialization efforts, with the vast majority of our resources dedicated to completing the development and certification of Midnight, building our manufacturing and supply chain capabilities, and strengthening our rollout plans. market,” said Mark Mesler, chief financial officer of Archer. .

In August, Archer completed Midnight’s preliminary design review covering all aspects of the aircraft’s specifications and manufacturing requirements, determining that the design is feasible for type certification and commercialization. .

Archer has also made rapid progress on Maker’s flight test program and is on schedule to complete a full transition flight in the coming weeks, just twelve months after its first hover. Reaching this milestone will further validate the flight physics of Archer’s proprietary twelve-tilt-six configuration that it uses on both Maker and Midnight, as well as a number of key enabling technologies, such as the aircraft flight control system. The Maker flight test program generated invaluable data which Archer used in the development and certification of Midnight.

Open House event content is now available on Archer’s Investor Relations website (investors.archer.com) and Archer’s social media accounts.

About Archer

Archer designs and develops electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft for use in urban air mobility networks. Archer’s mission is to unlock the sky, allowing everyone to reimagine the way they move and spend time. Archer’s team is based in Santa Clara, California. To learn more, visit www.archer.com.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business plans and product roadmaps, including statements regarding development, commercialization and certification timelines for our Midnight aircraft. These forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual results due to a variety of factors. The risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from expected results are further discussed under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 and our report quarterly on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2022, and other documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), available on the SEC’s website at address www.sec.gov. Additionally, please note that all forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe are reasonable as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events.

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