The U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced at the weekend, it had agreed to partner with the Korea Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA) future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft development and operations, reports reuters.com. The two countries signed a declaration for sharing information on AAM projects and collaborate to promote the safety oversight of such programs.
Billy Nolen, the acting Head of the FAA, commented, “Collaborating with our international partners on safely integrating these new technologies will create more efficient, sustainable and equitable transportation options.” The announcement comes as companies around the world are rushing to develop and gain regulatory approval to deploy flying taxis.
The FAA has previously announced similar partnerships with Japan, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the National Aviation Authorities Network to coordinate certification and integration plans for AAM projects.
Airlines and others are looking at developing transport services using eVTOLs to fly travellers to airports or on short trips between cities, allowing them to avoid road congestion.
Last month, the FAA issued the airworthiness criteria that Archer Aviation will need to meet for its Midnight air taxi to be certified for use. It made a similar announcement in November for Joby Aviation’s Model JAS4‑1 eVTOL.
(News Source: https://www.reuters.com)
(Top image: Courtesy Ken Scar/U.S. Army)