Industry perspective: eVTOL pilot certification and operations | eVTOL

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Avatar for Treena Hein By Treena Hein | October 19, 2023

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As type certification of individual eVTOLs moves forward in the U.S., a draft of what’s required for the other two main certifications needed to get aircraft off the ground was circulated for feedback. Industry reaction has not been especially positive, but there’s hope the mostly unanimous feedback on a wide range of points will be taken seriously.

According to industry, the requirement to design and certificate a dual-control variant of each platform is a legacy-based rule that does not recognize the state of current aircraft and simulator technologies. Joby Photo

The proposed U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) special federal aviation regulation (SFAR) for powered-lift pilot certification and operations is expected to be finalized sometime in 2024.

The SFAR is intended to…

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