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CAA announces public consultation for UK Means of Compliance for Special Condition VTOLs

Following the decision in 2022 to adopt the Special Condition VTOL (SC-VTOL) as the basis for certification of Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft, the CAA is proposing adoption of EASA Means of Compliance (MOC) to SC-VTOL to aid the development of guidance for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) entering or intending to enter into the certification process for VTOL aircraft.

According to a post on the CAA website “These aircraft are developing fast and the CAA recognises the importance of enabling the certification process for the benefit of the UK aviation sector. The CAA has been an active member of the collaborative project to develop safety standards within Europe for eVTOL since before EU exit. MOC material is needed to enable industry to demonstrate compliance to the SC-VTOL standards already adopted. The work on MOC started in 2018, with the identification of a priority list of topics.

“The MOC for priority 1 and 2 topics have been published by EASA, priority 3 topics were subject to public consultation in 2022 and resolution of comments is almost complete. Priority 4 topics are being drafted and are planned for release shortly.

“The CAA intends to introduce into its regulatory framework the MOC to SC VTOL by adoption of the materials developed in collaboration with EASA and the eVTOL industry.  Your feedback will help us to better understand the potential issues or improvements before we finalise these.”

How to respond

This consultation which opened on 20th March 2023 will close on 21 April 2023 and the CAA says it cannot take into account comments received after this date.

For more information and to respond to consultation


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