Air Taxis Clear One Regulation Hurdle Written 22 November 2022


A Volocopter 2X prototype completes a test flight near Helsinki International Airport in 2019. | Credit: Volocopter; Aerospace America–©

BBC News reports that the FAA said on Monday that “it was proposing to expand its definition of the machines it considered air carriers from airplanes and helicopters, adding ‘powered lift’ to the list.” This is a big step forward in the regulation clearance for commercial air taxis, but the rules “now face a period of public comment before they can go into effect.” The agency also “said it expected to publish proposed rules for operating such aircraft in summer 2023. Those rules will outline in more detail the criteria that firms will need to meet to license pilots and launch their operations.”
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