Troubled rush hour commuters desperate for the future of flying taxis to save their traffic could hear some potentially bad news.
in a statement The Federal Aviation Administration, sent to Reuters and confirmed by Gizmodo, said it was revising its approach to regulating electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft pilots. This burgeoning class of aircraft will include so-called air taxis. Under the new classification, the FAA said it would begin certifying eVTOLs as powered lift aircraft, a departure from previous regulations that certified vehicles as “light aircraft,” according to industrial trade journal flight.
In an email, the FAA told Gizmodo that it was seeking a “predictable framework” around eVTOL that it believed would “better meet the need for training and certifying pilots.”
The FAA will reportedly issue certification under a “special category,” as The agency said the effort “addresses the many new capabilities of unique aircraft, such as these emerging power lift designs” flight. As the name suggests, eVTOL was developed by companies such as Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation, Relying on vertical lift provided by hybrid propellers and electric motors makes them significantly different from conventional airplanes or helicopters.
“The FAA’s number one priority is to ensure the safety of the flying public,” the FAA told Gizmodo. “This obligation includes our oversight of the new generation of eVTOL vehicles.”
“The FAA’s regulations were designed for traditional airplanes and helicopters,” the FAA says in its statement. “However, these regulations do not anticipate the need to train pilots to operate powered lifts, take off in helicopter mode, transfer to flight mode for flight, and then transfer back to helicopter mode for landing.”
Although the FAA said it did not believe the changes would lead to delays in certification or operational approval, the news still spooked some in the industry, such as General Aviation Manufacturers Association President Pete Bunce.
“It’s a bad policy for a number of reasons,” Bunce told Reuters. Bunce said he believed the changes were “detrimental to safety” and claimed they would increase the FAA’s workload, without elaborating further.
Visionary promise for busy urban skies filled with flying taxis inspired In recent years, promising startups have proliferated and investor capital has poured in. The actual outlook for any of these actual realizations remains uncertain at best, but that hasn’t stopped top financial institutions from making lofty forecasts for the industry.Last year, Morgan Stanley it is said expected By the end of the next decade, “urban air mobility” could be worth $1.5 trillion.