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“The First of the Firsts”: Flying Car PAL-V Liberty completes full EASA certification

By Chris Stonor

 After being the first flying car to get road permission for Europe, PAL-V is now also the first to complete a full certification with EASA, reports a company press release.

Based on PAL-V’s 10 years of trial results, EASA finalised the requirements for the PAL-V Liberty last week. The announcement after industry consultation, shows the confidence of the European authorities with the car’s design and safety. The final phase is a compliance demonstration before it becomes a reality for PAL-V’s customers.

Robert Dingemanse, PAL-V’s CEO, pointed out, “Getting a flying car to the market is hard. It takes at least 10 years. For while we are experienced entrepreneurs, we learned that in aviation everything is exponentially stricter. Next to the aircraft, all aspects of the organisation, including suppliers and maintenance parties, must be certified.”

And Mike Stekelenburg, PAL-Vs CTO, commented, “From the start, we built the Liberty to comply with existing regulations as this strategy provides the fastest route to market, where safety is key.” He added, “We are privileged to work with top experts of EASA. Their high safety standards allow the Liberty to be used professionally.”

Robert Dingemanse

The press release explains: “In 2009 PAL-V agreed with EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) to use the Certification Specifications for Small Rotorcraft, CS-27, as a starting point for the development of the Certification Basis. PAL-V worked together with EASA to amend the complete list of over 1,500 criteria to make it applicable for the PAL-V. The list was published last year for review by industry experts and the final version was published last week.”

Cees Borsboom, PAL-V Head of Airworthiness, said, “It’s hard to grasp the amount of work required to certify an aircraft. The development began in 2009.The sign-off of 1,500 requirements already three years later, before starting manned trial flights was just the beginning.”

Under the marketing tag, a car that flies – a plane that drives, the company has every right to feel proud of its achievements that include over 10 years of analysis, test data, flight tests, and drive tests, leading to last week’s important milestone.

The EASA type certificate is valid for Europe and is also accepted in 80 percent of the world market, including the US and China.

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