In an article for Aerospace America, Erin Rivera provides an industry update on urban air mobility (UAM) and tomorrow’s electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Despite current global conditions, several aircraft developers and government bodies press forward with efforts to launch air taxi services in several cities around the world, by as early as 2023.
Erin is an associate with the aviation practice at Fox Rothschild LLP where he advises clients on matters concerning regulatory compliance, aviation safety, aviation accident investigations, insurance, and complex aviation litigation. Erin is particularly well versed in the current developments in small (electric) aircraft and parts certification, aviation technology, urban air mobility (UAM) initiatives, and electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Changing a light bulb in a commercial passenger aircraft is not so simple of a task as running down to the local aircraft parts store and picking up a couple of “Made in China” 60-watt generic light bulbs and popping in a replacement. Not only is the replacement light bulb subject to FAA approval and regulatory oversight under 14 CFR Part 21, but so are the maintenance facility and the aircraft mechanic changing the light bulb. … Read More
In Parts I & II of this article, we discussed current developments in electric and hybrid-electric aircraft. We touched on battery technology and even discussed transport category aircraft that I might be flying on when I finally retire….sadly in 2043, if I’m lucky. In this third installment, we discuss the FAA Part 23 certification process and its application to electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, Amendment 64, and the certification challenges facing much of the eVTOL aircraft currently in development.… Read More
In Part I of this post, we discussed current developments in fixed-wing electric aircraft and the current state of aircraft battery technology, followed by current developments in transport category hybrid-electric aircraft. Today, we switch to what might be the next evolution in aviation transportation – the all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, otherwise referred to as the eVTOL.
According to the Electric VTOL News website, there are currently 217 electric and hybrid-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) concepts in various stages of development from the automotive, aviation, and the tech industries. … Read More
Richard Branson once said, “If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.” This is one of those sayings that falls into the category of, it’s funny because it’s true. In fact, the saying applies equally to most new undertakings in aviation, including the design, certification, and manufacture of a new aircraft. In this three-part series, we will be taking a look at one of the most ambitious initiatives in modern aviation, the electric aircraft and urban air mobility.… Read More