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1 MARCH 2021
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BTN has run a number of stories in recent times on flying car projects, but not one that is European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved.
The Dutch company PAL-V is currently finalising the PAL-V Liberty, the world’s first commercial flying car. With a maximum airspeed of around 180km/h and a maximum range of 500km, The PAL-V Liberty can take you on a journey from Stuttgart to Geneva within 3hr.
In 2009 PAL-V agreed with EASA to use the Certification Specifications for Small Rotorcraft, CS-27, as a starting point for the development of the car. 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 issue last week, after industry consultation, shows the confidence of the European authorities and the maturity of the design and the company. The final phase is compliance demonstration before car flying becomes reality for PAL-V’s customers.
PAL-V Head of Airworthiness, Cees Borsboom, said: “The development of the requirements started in 2009. More than 10 years of analysis, test data, flight tests, and drive tests, led to this important milestone. In parallel, we already started compliance demonstration to obtain the type certificate, which will be followed by delivery of vehicles to our customers.”
The EASA type certificate is valid for Europe and is also accepted in 80% of the world market, including the US and China.
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