Harmonization of the differing European and U.S. approaches to regulating electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft is advancing somewhat, but there are concerns over the lack of information on China’s approach to approving the new class of aircraft.
A new French manufacturer has announced its intention to develop an electric 19-seat regional and freighter aircraft with early funding support from regional governments as part of post-pandemic recovery plans for the country’s aviation industry.
Global regulators and operators moved quickly to minimize the risk of another incident involving a Pratt & Whitney-powered Boeing 777, banning them from airspace or voluntarily pulling them from service while the FAA, Boeing, and Pratt develop immediate inspection parameters.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have revised their bilateral arrangement to cover the certification of aviation innovations such as eVTOL aircraft.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has issued its draft parameters for clearing the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again, adding flight crew procedures and performance limitations to the FAA’s requirements.
The European Commission (EC) has pledged to develop a coordinated testing protocol for travelers, starting with aviation, as part of broader measures aimed at helping Europe better face up to the crisis.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a request from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to reinstate flights to Birmingham (BHX) and Manchester (MAN) on board aircraft chartered from Hi Fly.
Storage-related corrosion of Boeing-supplied valves on certain CFM56 engines has been linked to four engine shutdowns, prompting regulators to order inspections before the 1,140 aircraft are returned to service after extended downtime.