EU regulator publishes first set of rules for UAMs and air taxi operations %

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released what it calls the “first comprehensive set” of proposed regulations for next-generation urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft, such as taxis overhead, which will operate in urban areas.

The EASA document is a silly fantasy. Rather than offering an outline of how vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles will animate passengers in cities, the 295-page text piles on all the mysterious details of operation that the developers of these contraptions must know to produce prototypes adaptable to future rules. In other words, the set of regulations proposed by EASA is not intended to give the general public a glimpse of how UAM services such as air taxis will fit into the lives and travels of people.

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Instead, an agency press release noted, it is intended to guide “(m)manufacturers in Europe (who) have notified EASA that they will be ready for certification of VTOL aircraft in the next years”. The text under development is open to contributions from individuals, public administrations, manufacturers of UAM machines and future air taxi operators until September 30.

Although the draft regulations are completely impenetrable for virtually anyone who will board an air taxi or other UAM service provider to get around town or to an airport, EASA says the document is an essential working tool for manufacturers. He also calls it a milestone in the impending rollout of next-generation airlift across the globe.

“With this, EASA becomes the first aviation regulator in the world to publish a comprehensive regulatory framework for operations of VTOL-enabled aircraft, which will offer air taxis and similar services,” said the EASA Executive Director. ‘EASA, Patrick Ky. ‘The publication reinforces EASA’s leadership show in this area of ​​innovation. At the same time, we have done our best to address general societal concerns and expectations of EU citizens regarding safety, security, privacy, environment and noise.”

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The proposed rules complement existing EU regulations that apply to drones. Unlike these, the new text only covers manned UAM craft – leaving aside the automated operation of air taxis for the time being – as well as detailed requirements for air traffic in the European U area, the processes of VTOL certification and vertiport design guidelines.

Its aim is to facilitate the integration of air taxis into the EU’s “smart, green and digital” cities initiative and to continue work to establish European-wide rules on UAM and air transport. drone of goods and people when the first air taxi services are expected to be deployed. in 2024.

The cooperative push as the arrival of UAM aircraft nears has been evident among regulators lately. In March, the CAA and the US Federal Aviation Administration agreed to work together on similar certification procedures in both countries. And just last month, Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced it would adopt EASA’s VTOL standards in the UK’s certification process, raising hopes that harmonization triangular between the United States, the United Kingdom and the EU would be possible.


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