Workshop on Innovative Aerial Services - Airworthiness
25 April 2023
Ahead of the establishment of the new EU-Japan Aviation Partnership Project (APP) later this year, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) kicked off a series of exchange activities on the domain of innovative aerial services with a workshop on 25 April. On this first occasion, experts from the two authorities came together in Tokyo for a focused discussion on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) airworthiness.
EASA presented its Aerial Services regulation roadmap, as well as the regulatory background, requirements and Means of Compliance for eVTOL airworthiness. JCAB presented its UAM regulatory framework, and regulatory efforts in progress to support the realization of AAM (Advanced Air Mobility) operations in the Osaka Kansai 2025. In the afternoon, JCAB and EASA discussed their views on UAM airworthiness more in-depth, with the participation of additional experts online from Europe and Japan.
It was concluded that the regulatory changes needed to enable operations of UAM platforms require a parallel approach involving different disciplines (airworthiness, operations, licensing, infrastructure, among others). The representatives agreed for EASA and JCAB to continue the discussions in subsequent workshops.