EASA Publishes Regulations For Drone Taxis In Urban Areas
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the first aviation authority in the world to publish draft regulations regarding the use of drone taxis in urban environments. This records, among other things, the airworthiness of aircraft, the training, and examination of flight crews, and flight operations. Stakeholders have until September 30, 2022, to respond to the draft regulation.
Future for VTOLs and drone taxis
EASA envisions a future in which electrically powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) will play a major role in logistics and mobility. However, new rules are needed to manage the use of cargo drones and drone taxis in the urban environment, as the current rules for manned aviation are inadequate for this new branch of sport.
This Legal gap is what the new regulatory package should address. The new regulations are in addition to the general European regulations for drones, the regulations for U-space, the method of certification of VTOL…