Advanced air mobility company Vertical Aerospace has announced several significant developments in its work advancing its VX4 aircraft toward air taxi service, including reception of what it says is the first Design Organization Approval issued by UK regulators for a passenger electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL).

Vertical said the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) recently granted its first-ever eVTOL Design Organization Approval for the VX4, a requisite for its certification and eventual launch in air taxi activity. The authorization permits the company to analyze and accept various aspects of aircraft design and related component proposals without needing additional approval from the regulator. 

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In being allowed to act as its own supervisor in that way, Vertical will be able to move faster and with more flexibility in continuing to develop the craft.