GAMA Promotes eVTOL Development

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association will accelerate its efforts to work with European regulators to promote the development of electric VTOL aircraft, the association said this week. Thirty eVTOL experts from eight countries met with EASA, the European Commission and industry representatives over two days in Cologne and Brussels to discuss the future of the technology. “I think there is tremendous potential for Europe and beyond,” said Dorothee Bär, the German Federal State Minister for Digitisation. “Urban air mobility will become part of our daily life.”

Discussions focused on the regulatory framework needed for safe and sustainable integration of eVTOLs into Europe’s airspace, including topics such as certification, maintenance, operations, licensing and airspace management. “It’s great that the industry is getting together proactively to liaise with EASA on common standards,” Bär said. GAMA said it’s focused on “prioritizing the safe introduction of these new systems and technologies whilst making flying more accessible to the general public.”

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