The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has presented its proposal for air taxi and other next generation aircraft regulation in a text now awaiting approval or amendment into law by the bloc’s executive body.

Released under the characteristically EU administrativese title of Opinion 03/2023, the EASA proposal sets out a “comprehensive regulatory framework to address new operational and mobility concepts that are based on innovative technologies” – in this case for air taxis, drones, and other emerging aerial applications. 

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In doing so, it lays out both initial and longer-term rules for craft operation, air traffic management, certification of pilots and other crew members, and vertiport conception, and places that activity within the comprehensive EU-wide airspace rules known as SERA.

The EASA policy has many points in common with the