Industry has welcomed Europe’s publication of the first airworthiness certification rules for electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft, but more work remains before air taxis can begin flying above cities. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released its final Special Condition for VTOL aircraft (SC-VTOL) on July 2. The certification rules apply to aircraft seating up to nine passengers and weighing up to 3,175 kg (7,000 lb.) with distributed propulsion, defined ...

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