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UK: CAA publishes phase 1 results of “future air mobility regulatory sandbox project”

By Chris Stonor

The UK CAA Innovation Hub has published the results from Phase 1 of its Future Air Mobility Regulatory Sandbox Project, reports a press release.

Titled, CAP2272 Key Considerations for Airspace Integration within an Urban Air Mobility Landscape, this report highlights “key regulatory issues that need to be addressed to enable safe, efficient, and scalable zero-emission UAM operations.”

For the Sandbox Project, “key airspace integration challenges were identified” by focusing on a use case where eVTOL flights carry passengers between Heathrow Airport and London City Airport with stops in between. The challenges fell broadly into three main areas:-

  • Maintaining high-tempo UAM operations.
  • Integrating low-level flights into congested airspace.
  • Accommodating the unique performance capabilities of eVTOL aircraft.

“This work,” says the report, “represents an important milestone. The results will inform future efforts by innovators, governments, and communities to plan for the safe launch and growth of zero-emission UAM in the low-level airspace.”

Meanwhile, a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) emphasising proposed approaches to safely overcoming these regulatory challenges and gaps, is soon to be published.

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