UK and US aviation authorities collaborate to certify new eVTOL aircraft

Avatar for eVTOLBy eVTOL | March 7, 2022

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During the Global Urban Advanced Air Summit at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre last week, Tim Johnson, policy director at the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority, and Jay Merkle, executive director of the UAS Integration Office at the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, spoke about both organizations’ aim to work together to support the future of eVTOL aircraft operations.

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The U.K. and U.S. aviation authorities’ joint approach to eVTOL regulation paves the way for eVTOL developers to have their type certification validated by both authorities. Uber Elevate/Humpreys Image

Below is the organizations’ joint statement:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority recognize the potential of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) and other advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft to significantly benefit the public. To support future eVTOL aircraft development and operation, the U.S. and U.K. civil aviation authorities are engaged in a range of bilateral and multilateral discussions focused on facilitating certification and validating new eVTOL aircraft, production, continued airworthiness, operations, and personnel licensing. 

As these aircraft enter into the aviation ecosystem, we must continue to maintain the high safety standards that the public expects. To streamline and expedite integration, this technology should use existing regulatory frameworks on which that strong safety record is founded. 

Both regulators recognize AAM is a collection of new and emerging technologies in the existing aviation system. Both authorities have a strong history of collaborating in aircraft certification, airspace integration, operations, and infrastructure, which lead to a safer, more sustainable sector.  

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