UK CAA to use same eVTOL certification standards as EASA



The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will use the same certification standards as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) uses, known as Special Conditions (SC)-VTOL. These standards will act as the basis for UK certification for new eVTOL, it confirmed today (June 16, 2022).

Special Conditions means manufactures and the CAA can develop safety requirements as new technologies come to market and provide the basis for approval.

The safety levels established under SC.VTOL provide stringent levels of protection for the UK consumer, both in the air and on the ground.  

The CAA said it will continue to collaborate with other national aviation authorities, such as the FAA.

The agency also said harmonising safety standards across nations and continents helps to maintain high levels of safety, as well as reducing industry costs and avoiding duplication of effort. It also give the UK better access to the global market.

Rob Bishton, CAA’s group director for safety and airspace regulation, said:  “The decision to adopt SC-VTOL as our certification basis will support UK manufacturers and enable them to easily access the global market for eVTOL aircraft. We will continue to work with the industry to help promote and facilitate innovation throughout aviation.”