EASA charts future of drone, AAM industry with proposed framework

Sept. 6, 2023
The European regulator released a 58-page proposal to craft rules and regulations for drones and eVTOL aircraft, including air taxis, Jack Daleo reports for Flying.

BRUSSELS - The FAA made a big splash when it unveiled its Innovate28 plan for advanced air mobility (AAM) operations with electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at scale by 2028. But while Innovate28 is just that—a plan—the agency’s friend across the Atlantic is already proposing hard requirements for AAM certification, operations, and maintenance.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Thursday shared its final opinion on rules and regulations for eVTOL air taxis, drones, and other emerging aircraft with the European Commission. Now, the ball is in the Commission’s court as it determines whether to accept EASA’s policy recommendations, Jack Daleo reports for FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 September 2023 - The specific objectives of the proposed amendments are to: ensure a high and uniform level of safety for UAS subject to certification and operated in the ‘specific’ category and for operations with manned VCA; enable operators to safely operate manned VCA in the single European sky (SES); create the conditions for the safe operation of UAS and of manned VCA in the U-space airspace; promote innovation and development in the field of innovative air mobility (IAM) while establishing an efficient, proportionate, and well-designed regulatory framework, free of burdensome requirements that could hinder the development of the UAS market; harmonize the regulatory framework across the EU Member States by enhancing clarity, filling the gaps, and removing the inconsistencies that are inherent to fragmented regulatory systems; foster an operation-centric, proportionate, as well as risk- and performance-based regulatory framework, considering important aspects such as privacy, personal data protection, security, and safety.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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