Air-taxis seen zooming through U.S. skies by 2028 in FAA proposal

July 20, 2023
The FAA used lofty language in its implementation plan to describe how the devices will operate, calling it "a new era of aviation once only portrayed in movies or science fiction," Alan Levin reports for Yahoo.

WASHINGTON - Urban air-taxis can begin service over US cities as soon as 2028 by largely adhering to existing flight rules for helicopters and other low-altitude aircraft, according to federal regulators, Alan Levin reports for YahooContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

20 July 2023 - On 18 July 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its implementation plan (available: here to outline what it and the industry is doing to enable urban/advanced air mobility operations. The FAA says its "Innovate28" plan includes various components and the sequence they will occur in for operations to be at scale at one or more sites by 2028.

“This plan shows how all the pieces will come together allowing the industry to scale with safety as the north star,” said Deputy FAA Administrator Katie Thomson.

The plan will serve as a foundation for making entry into service routine and predictable by maximizing the use of existing procedures and infrastructure. It addresses how the agency and partners will certify aircraft and pilots, manage airspace access, ensure pilot training, develop infrastructure, maintain security, and engage communities.

Multiple entities will play roles: The FAA; the advanced air mobility industry; labor partners, NASA; Department of Homeland Security; Department of Energy; power industry; and state, local and tribal communities. The FAA is collaborating closely with stakeholders, including through the Department of Transportation’s Advanced Air Mobility Interagency Working Group.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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