EEKs! –No Pilot & It Looks like an Air Bubble Car Surrounded by Small Rotors; eVTOL Sky Taxis are in a Race; Seeking Certification; Regulators are Optimistic

TRANSPORTATION

THE SITUATION:
A Chinese firm, AutoFlight, seeks to gain certification from European Regulators.
Meantime, Two Hundred air taxi projects are going on Worldwide.
Project is called “Prosperity I”
Regulatory projects involve multiple agencies, companies, & aviation
Aircraft needs an airline-like air borne safety approval process

SOLUTIONS:
Develop a cheaper, greener, simpler, quieter than combustion engines;
Safety standards are being established & finalized;
Need to prove the air worthiness of the helicopter-like flight performance
20,000 trial flights have been accomplished

THREE REGULATORS IN AVIATION
European Union Aviation Safety Agency [EASA]
CCAC [ Flight Training Standards]
FAA [U.S.}

Other Companies involved in the Development of Air Taxis
EHang
Joby Air Taxi in Marina Del Rey CA
Archer Aviation [Planning commercial flights]
Wisk Air in SF
Larry Page is backing the development;
Uber – Organizes air taxi rides

SOURCES:
The Economist 01 29 22 Issue page 62
“Flying taxis are lining up for certification” – https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/flying-taxis-are-lining-up-for-certification/21807390

 

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