UK CAA publishes new guidance document for eVTOL vertiport planning

As part of its Advanced Air Mobility Challenge, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published its Considerations for Aerodromes and Vertiports planning to operate Vertical Take-off and Landing Aircraft (VTOL)

According to the publication’s introduction:

“The CAA is in the process of determining the required technical and operational requirements to:

  • enable current licensed aerodromes to accommodate VTOL aircraft, and
  • enable bespoke ‘vertiports’ to operate VTOL aircraft

“We have conducted a gap analysis between existing UK regulations for licensed aerodromes and heliports, and vertiport guidance published by other bodies such as EASA, the FAA, and ICAO Annex 14 Volume II. Along with other considerations and industry feedback, this gap analysis will be used to determine the most appropriate standards to safely accommodate VTOL aircraft in the UK.

“These detailed specifications will be drafted and consulted on using our standard rulemaking process. This document is intended to serve as interim guidance to various stakeholders on what aspects they should begin to consider, and the other organisations they should initiate discussions with, to operate VTOL aircraft from existing aerodromes or bespoke vertiport facilities. It does not contain detailed specifications for infrastructure or operational requirements, but will hopefully allow industry, government, landowners, aerodromes, and the CAA to lay the groundwork in advance of the technical requirements being published in late 2024.”

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