Airbus and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation designed to â€œbring together their respective experiences and know-howâ€ on developing the next generation of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) platforms and associated regulatory framework. According to Airbus, the agreement includes cooperation in areas such as high-speed flight, certification of new piloting assistance systems, thermal/electrical hybridization of rotorcraft and condition-based maintenance.
â€œPartnerships with industry are part of our strategy to ensure that innovation in the aviation market happens safely,â€ said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. â€œThe learnings we derive from cutting edge technologies play a significant role in helping us to prepare our certification methodologies for these new advancements. The cooperation on innovation with Airbus Helicopters represents an important contribution to this strategy.â€
As previously reported by AVweb, EASA published a â€œSpecial Conditionâ€ for the certification of eVTOL aircraft last July, calling it the â€œfirst building block to enable the safe operation of hybrid and electrical vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.â€ The Special Condition covers eVTOLs carrying nine or fewer passengers with maximum takeoff weights of up to 7,000 pounds.
Fonte:Â AV Web (02/10/2019)