On Oct. 15, 2018, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a public notice of its proposal of airworthiness standards to “enable the certification of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. This is to develop the first component of the regulatory framework to enable the safe operation of air taxi and electric VTOL (eVTOL) aircraft in Europe.”
The new standards will apply to person-carrying VTOL aircraft. In its initial version, the requirement will be limited to aircraft with five or fewer and a maximum certified takeoff weight of 4,400 lb (2,000 kg) or less.
EASA is accepting comments for 30 days (through Nov. 15, 2018).