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Washington Report, Jul-Aug 2022

Washington Report, Jul-Aug 2022

  • 06 Jul 2022 03:13 PM
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Leadership Moves, July-August 2022

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Commentary: FAA Changes Course on eVTOL Certification

Commentary: FAA Changes Course on eVTOL Certification

  • 22 Jun 2022 03:49 PM
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On Monday, May 9 (the eve of the VFS Forum 78), The Air Current (TAC) broke the story that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had decided that winged electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft that met the FAA’s definition of “powered-lift”— a term used nearly exclusively for pilot qualification rules — could not be certified or operate as “airplanes”

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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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Laying the Groundwork for Urban Air Mobility

Laying the Groundwork for Urban Air Mobility

  • 11 Dec 2021 07:47 AM
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Amid a maturing market for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, aerospace industry professionals and regulators have increasingly turned their attention to considering the types of infrastructure required to support these operations.

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EHang Continues Drive to CAAC Certification

EHang Continues Drive to CAAC Certification

  • 07 Dec 2021 08:28 AM
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EHang, the Guangzhou-based developer of eVTOL aircraft, announced that China’s aviation authority is close to certifying the EHang EH216.

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UK Aviation Authority Launches Safety Group

UK Aviation Authority Launches Safety Group

  • 24 Oct 2021 07:06 PM
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In an announcement at HeliTech Expo in London on Oct. 5, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) unveiled the creation of a new international consortium of eVTOL industry leaders and aviation experts.

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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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EHang Flies in EU Trials in Estonia

EHang Flies in EU Trials in Estonia

  • 24 Oct 2021 05:54 PM
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On Sept. 3, EHang conducted flight trials of the EH216 in Estonia, flying 5 miles (8 km) from Tartu Airport to the Estonian Aviation Museum.

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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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