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Honeywell Offers Live Guidance for AAM Certification and Regulation

Advanced Air Mobility Industry Nets 1st Commercial Guidance Doc

Advance Air Mobility, the aviation industry’s gestating aircraft segment, has become the beneficiary of a novel document by Honeywell in the form of the “industry’s first certification reference guide across key vehicle segments”.

The AAM industry is still in the midst of taking its baby steps, with designers, manufacturers, and regulators all hammering away at establishing the codes, procedures, norms, and rules that will accompany worldwide fleets of VTOL aircraft sporting a whole suite of new propulsion systems. Honeywell is throwing its hat into the ring to help nascent AAM companies find their footing as they look to design and certify crewed and uncrewed AAM vehicles for people and cargo carriage. The firm’s experiences working with eVTOL manufacturers has given it some sense of what to expect in the certification process, particularly when so many regulations are in flux until finalized. Honeywell published the guide noting that “until now, there had been no place these regulations had been comprehensively tracked.”

“We understand the challenges that professionals working in the Advanced Air Mobility industry face as they look to navigate, track and ultimately comply with myriad developing regulations,” said Jia Xu, chief technology officer, UAM and UAS, Honeywell Aerospace. “Because Honeywell provides certifiable, mission-critical systems that make AAM vehicles fly, it’s essential that we understand the certification landscape across all AAM segments. We initially developed this certification summary table as a quick reference for our own team; however, we quickly realized that the information here can benefit the wider industry. We intend to update this document regularly to help AAM companies keep pace with regulatory development.”

The live, constantly updated guide will track and summarize the certification and regulatory landscape of advanced air mobility infrastructure for the FAA and EASA, providing a good base for companies looking to maintain compliance in as many countries as possible.
 
“The Honeywell certification reference guide can help UAS and AAM manufacturers, operators – or really anyone with an interest in the industry - to quickly get up to speed on the current certification landscape across key advanced aviation segments,” said Emily Kimball, deputy director, Commercial Drone Alliance.
 
The document is an industry project, not open to window shoppers and the public at large. 

FMI: www.honeywell.com

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