Coming changes to Light Sport rules are expected to bring a boon to the still-nascent eVTOL industry, according to manufacturer Doroni Aerospace. In a news release this week the company says the new Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) initiative will include eVTOLs and allow them to be developed under the more permissive and less bureaucratic regime. “This is a game-changer for the aviation industry and a momentous leap towards a more inclusive and advanced future of flight,” said Doroni CEO Doron Merdinger. “We are thrilled to be part of this transformative moment and look forward to collaborating with the FAA and fellow stakeholders to usher in a new era of aviation.”
The eVTOL inclusion was lost in the initial publicity of the MOSAIC rules, which will eliminate highly restrictive weight and performance limits that many considered unworkable and dangerous. Merdinger said his industry will similarly benefit, giving designers much more leeway in creating new small urban mobility aircraft. Doroni is working on an 1850-pound two-place aircraft that uses four vaned ducted fans driven by electric motors. It’s claiming a predicted top speed of 140 MPH with a range of 60 miles.