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EASA Publishes Proposed Revisions to VTOL Special Condition and Means of Compliance Document

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a revised draft of its Special Condition for VTOL aircraft and Means of Compliance (MOC) document, incorporating input from a consultation process that concluded on Aug. 12, 2022. The safety agency says that it aims to launch a further public consultation on the MOCs by early in the third quarter of 2023.

The Issue 3 document, which EASA published during the last week of 2022, includes additional MOCs proposals for new eVTOL aircraft covering takeoff performance (VTOL.2115), climb requirements (VTOL.2120), and landing (VTOL.2130). Another change is the removal of the Issue 2 document’s section on performance data (VTOL.2015), with EASA now planning to extensively revise this content based on the next round of consultation.

The agency is completing its assessment of around 250 comments received in last year’s consultation and will use these to make further revisions to the proposed MOC and to finalize its comment response document, according to Oswaldo Lopez Blas, EASA’s senior project certification manager for initial airworthiness VTOL. He told FutureFlight that the agency plans to publish the revised versions of these two documents during the first quarter of 2023.