The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued a joint statement yesterday recognising the potential of eVTOL and other Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft as of significant benefit to the public.
The US and UK 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 to support future eVTOL aircraft development and operation.
“Technology should use existing regulatory frameworks”
The joint statement read: “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.”
It added: “Both regulators recognise 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.”