The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed to develop pilot training requirements that will essentially create the legal environment for the certification and operation of eVTOLs in Community airspace. The rules are expected to open up the future of flying taxis in the United States, even if the technology is still years away from being commercialized.
The rapid advancements in flying car technology, combined with the growing interest in urban air mobility (UAM), have sparked a global conversation on the need for comprehensive regulatory frameworks governing the operation of these vehicles. As flying cars transition from science fiction to reality, regulatory authorities, industry stakeholders, and experts are grappling with the complex task of formulating and implementing rules that will ensure safety, efficiency, and public acceptance while fostering innovation.
By 2024 or 2025, eVTOL developers expect their aircraft to be certified as airworthy and safe to fly. While there is no immediate need for new standards to kickstart operations, regulators and industry stakeholders are collaborating to define customized norms, paving the way for fit-for-purpose facilities and airspace.