FAA and Euro counterpart release new certification criteria for air taxis

June 13, 2024
The proposed standards represent a major milestone in the certification of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVOL) air taxis and other novel designs, Jack Daleo writes for Flying.

WASHINGTON - The FAA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Monday made major strides toward establishing a certification pathway for advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft, such as electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis, Jack Daleo writes for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

13 June 2024 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Daleo notes, has published airworthiness criteria for AAM aircraft from Archer Aviation in San Jose, and Joby Aviation in Santa Cruz, both in Calif.

The FAA says "recent applications for the type certification of powered-lift have proposed passenger seating configurations of six or less, weighing 12,500 pounds or less, and utilizing battery-powered electric engines for propulsion. For each of these projects, the FAA has published the proposed airworthiness criteria, along with an explanation of its equivalency determination, in the Federal Register for public notice and comment.

"The FAA used its experience with those recent powered-lift applications to develop the criteria in appendix A. This AC establishes a more efficient path in designating the type certification basis for certain powered-lift projects, as the FAA will not need to announce the criteria for each project in the Federal Register for notice and comment for those designs that use the criteria in this AC with no additions or changes.

The Advisory Circular is available at https://www.faa.gov/media/80526.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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