In a significant move towards the safe integration of advanced air mobility, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put forward a comprehensive proposal for pilot training and certification for powered-lift aircraft.

Acting Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, David Boulter, asserts, “These proposed rules of the sky will safely usher in this new era of aviation and provide the certainty the industry needs to develop.”

FAA’s New Pilot Training Proposal

The new rules cater to the unique nature of these air taxis, which are designed to take off and land like helicopters while cruising like airplanes. To streamline their operations, the FAA has outlined clear requirements and expectations within the proposed rule.

Crucially, pilots will be given a direct route to acquire powered-lift ratings that are specific to each aircraft type. Additionally, pilots employed by powered-lift aircraft manufacturers are proposed to serve as the initial group of…