Regulators in the UK and the US have announced plans to collaborate on certifying electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft. eVTOL aircraft use electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically.
The Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration will develop type certifications which will indicate that future aircraft are approved for use and testifies that the type of aircraft meets safety requirements.
The announcement was made yesterday by both parties at the Global Urban & Advanced Air Summit, taking place in Farnborough, UK.
Roadmap for developers
Both agencies hope to build on existing bilateral safety pacts to help lay out a roadmap for eVTOL developers to gain approvals more quickly on both on both sides of the pond.