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Leadership Moves, May-June 2022

Leadership Moves, May-June 2022

  • 08 May 2022 03:21 AM
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Billy Nolen appointed Acting FAA Administrator, and other leadership changes

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Regulators Develop Vertiport Standards

Regulators Develop Vertiport Standards

  • 08 May 2022 03:07 AM
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On Feb. 28, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released their draft engineering brief for vertiports and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations to industry for comment.

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Commentary: An Expanded View of Electric Flight

Commentary: An Expanded View of Electric Flight

  • 28 Apr 2022 10:44 AM
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Since our beginnings in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) has had an expansive view of how to advance vertical flight. We didn’t just focus on the unique aspects of helicopters (e.g., rotors) but all of the technologies, methodologies and disciplines that supported the development of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Important systems like engines, lightweight structures and controls are applicable to all aircraft, but most critical to powered lift.

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Archer Goes Public, Opens NYSE

Archer Goes Public, Opens NYSE

  • 25 Oct 2021 04:52 AM
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Archer Aviation, the California-based eVTOL manufacturer, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Sept. 17, a day after Atlas Crest Investment Corp. announced the completion of the SPAC merger with Archer.

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FAA Issues MagniX Certification Requirements

FAA Issues MagniX Certification Requirements

  • 24 Oct 2021 06:56 PM
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On Sept. 27, in a breakthrough for electric-powered aviation, the FAA issued special conditions for airworthiness standards for electric engines produced by MagniX, an Everett, Washington-based manufacturer of electric motors.

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FAA Accepts Volocopter Certification Approach

FAA Accepts Volocopter Certification Approach

  • 25 Feb 2021 05:22 PM
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Bruchsal, Germany-based Volocopter GmbH announced on Jan. 15 that the FAA had “positively accepted” its application for concurrent type certificate validation on Dec. 22, setting the basis for Volocopter to bring its VoloCity electric air taxi services to the American market.

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FAA’s Final Rule for Drones

FAA’s Final Rule for Drones

  • 25 Feb 2021 05:20 PM
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On Dec. 28, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-anticipated final rules for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The new rules will require remote identification of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions.

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NASA & FAA Push Crashworthiness

NASA & FAA Push Crashworthiness

  • 20 Dec 2020 04:42 PM
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NASA and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been hosting a series of workshops to provide information on test and evaluation requirements, vehicle safety system development, and certification challenges for eVTOL aircraft. 

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Urban Air Taxis Underway — UAM at Heli-Expo

Urban Air Taxis Underway — UAM at Heli-Expo

  • 02 Mar 2020 02:44 PM
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VFS members are well aware of the “Electric VTOL Revolution” that has been underway for several years, with more than 250 electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts on the VFS website, www.eVTOL.news. Most of the helicopter OEMs, most visibly Airbus Helicopters and Bell, have been considering eVTOL and urban air mobility (UAM) options for the future.

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FAA:

FAA: "Helicopter Safety – Time to Think Outside the Box"

  • 18 Feb 2020 09:03 PM
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Good morning, everyone.

By now, everyone is aware of the tragedy that happened Sunday morning, only 50 miles northwest of this convention center.

I speak for all of us at the FAA when I say that we are saddened by this accident and the loss of so many lives, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of those onboard.

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