EASA publishes world’s first rules for operation of air taxis
COLOGNE, June 30, 2022 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published rules for the operation of air taxis in cities, the first comprehensive proposal for such regulations to be issued world-wide. The proposed new regulatory framework is open to public consultation until September 30, 2022, and cover the technical domains of airworthiness, air operations, flight crew licensing and rules of the air.
They complement existing EU regulatory material for operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), the unmanned traffic management system known in Europe as U-space and the certification of aircraft capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), as well as EASA guidance on the design of vertiports.
ASL Group Benelux selects Lilium
ASL Group has signed an agreement with Lilium N.V., developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, to provide sustainable air mobility to its customers in Benelux. ASL Group intends to purchase an initial 6 Lilium Jets and will cooperate with Lilium to develop a network of landing sites in the Benelux.
Urban Aeronautics Announces Four Passenger Future Hydrogen Powered VTOL Flying Car
April 17, 2017. Metro Skyways Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics plans to launch the design and development of a four-passenger, Vertical-Takeoff and Landing (VTOL), ﬂying car based on Urban Aeronautics' internal rotor, Fancraft™ technology. The vehicle will initially be powered by jet fuel, but will be designed from the outset to convert to liquid hydrogen and eventually also to 700 bar compressed hydrogen, once such options become commercially feasible. CityHawk will be designed to meet FAA/EASA certiﬁcation standards for manned VTOL aircraft.
European Flying Car Association
The mission of the association is to represent the interests of the flying car owners and promote the use of flying cars in Europe by launching a used flying car and eVTOL marketplace , among other initiatives. The flying car is a new type of vehicle and many challenges exist on a practical level: new regulations, airfield access, insurance, drone collision, self-flying cars, vehicle inspection and maintenance, etc. Although we only represent private owners, we look forward to collaborate as well with the public sector to bring innovation to services like ambulance, search & rescue operations. Basic Membership is free and we hope that with our association of volunteers the adoption of the flying car will increase in Europe. We plan to organize a European Grand Prix Rally for Roadable Aircraft in 2025, to attract more media attention and increase visibility with a broader audience.
European VCs invest in flying cars
5 December 2016. The roughly $10.7 million Series A investment announced at TechCrunch Disrupt London is meant to help Lilium develop into a manufacturer of a commuter alternative to helicopters and traditional planes. VTOL technology has actually been around for decades (and historically has not been the safest), but Munich-based Lilium is touting their tech as being a far safer, cleaner and more societally friendly update. The Lilium Jet is constructed using lightweight composite materials and powered by 36 directable, ducted electric fans, mounted on the wings and front pods to propel the aircraft.