REGENT earns Veritas design approval for AAM Viceroy seaglider
Innovative advanced air mobility (AAM) company REGENT has taken another step in the development of its electric Viceroy seaglider by obtaining the design Approval in Principal certification from independent testing and evaluation company Bureau Veritas.
REGENT announced receipt of the design Approval in Principal (AiP) certificate from Veritas on Tuesday, calling the step a milestone in its work to introduce all-electric seagliders as an alternative to other AAM aircraft under development. In contrast to most of those craft, REGENT is focusing on planes that will operate exclusively over water using in-ground-wing effect. The technique relies on a foil that raises the gliders 10 to 25 feet above the surface, assuring smooth flight on a pillow of air.
The Veritas AiP vouches for the design of REGENT’s flagship 12-seat Viceroy planes – one of a few AAM seaglidercraft for which the company has already received $7 billion in provisional orders.