US Korea Partner on Advanced Air Mobility

ride hail a drone autonomy, US Korea advanced air mobilityDeveloping standards for advanced air mobility certification and operations is one of the key steps to commercialization of urban air mobility solutions and passenger eVTOLs.

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This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the US and Korea will work together on advanced air mobility.  The FAA’s partnership with the Korea Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA), formalized in a Declaration of Cooperation, will facilitate collaboration between the two agencies on AAM projects and allow them to “share ideas, information, skills, and techniques,” says the FAA.

“Collaborating with our international partners on safely integrating these new technologies will create more efficient, sustainable and equitable transportation options,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.”The two agencies will work together to promote the safety oversight of AAM, including airworthiness, licensing, and operations,” says the FAA announcement.

Korea has invested heavily in advanced air mobility, with the mayor of Seoul making his first flight in an eVTOL in 2020 during the city’s annual “Open the Skies” event.  Korea’s roadmap for urban air mobility, created in 2020, calls for commercialization of UAM by 2025: at the recent SmartGeo Expo in South Korea, participants lined up to try some of the many flight simulators available to show future customers what UAM feels like.

The announcement follows the FAA’s partnerships with Japan and with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the National Aviation Authorities Network to harmonize our certification criteria and integration plans.

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