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FAA Issues Plans for Air Taxis and eVTOLs scaling up US Operations by 2028

FAA Issues Plans for Air Taxis and eVTOLs scaling up US Operations by 2028

The FAA published an implementation plan outlining the actions it and others need to take to securely permit enhanced air mobility operations in the near future. The “Innovate28” plan outlines numerous elements and the order in which they must take place for operations to be at scale at one or more sites by 2028.

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The strategy will maximize the utilization of current practices and infrastructure to make entry into service normal and predictable. It describes how the organization and its allies would certify aircraft and pilots, control access to airspace, guarantee pilot training, build infrastructure, uphold security, and include communities.

Today’s broad effort follows the agency releasing its airspace blueprint and proposing a comprehensive rule for training and certifying pilots to fly these aircraft.

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The plan’s highlights include:

Operations

  • Pilots will be able to fly the new advanced mobility aircraft to and from multiple locations at the sites, using predetermined flight schedules with pilots aboard. 
  • Advanced air mobility aircraft likely will operate up to 4,000 feet altitude in urban and metropolitan areas, using existing or modified low altitude visual flight rules (VFR) routes where possible within controlled Class B and C airspace around major airports. 

Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure design, development, and implementation will be the responsibility of operators, manufacturers, state and local governments, and other stakeholders.
  • Initial operations of advanced air mobility will take place at already-existing heliports, commercial service airports, and general aviation airports. Installation of charge stations, parking spaces, and taxi lanes might require modifications.

Power Grid

  • To support sophisticated air mobility operations, the electrical power grid may need to be upgraded.
  • The FAA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the Department of Energy have an interagency agreement to study how the electrification of aircraft impacts vertiport, heliport, and airport electrical grids.

Environment

  • The FAA will take into account elements like noise, air quality, visual disturbances, and disruption to wildlife when determining the environmental effects of advanced air mobility operations.

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Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

Boeing 777-9 Begins Certification Flight Testing with FAA Onboard

The 777-9 has commenced certification flight testing at Boeing Field in Seattle. This is a crucial step under the supervision of our regulator to certify the airplane and deliver it to customers worldwide.

Amidst Boeing’s current challenges, the B777X stands out as a project that could revitalize the brand. It is highly anticipated, and Boeing is keen to clear FAA certifications to release it as soon as possible.

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The aircraft is two years behind its initial commitment date. During this time, the company has rigorously tested it under various conditions to ensure its readiness for commercial service.

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Boeing has announced that the 777X will be used for both passenger and freighter services, depending on customer requirements.

Boeing’s 777X program has achieved a major milestone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granting approval to begin certification flight tests, marking a significant step towards the aircraft’s entry into commercial service.

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The European Union granted approval for this merger in February, and Korean Air anticipates U.S. regulatory approval by the end of October.

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Following Airbus’ breakthrough with Korean Air, Reuters reported in April that Korean Air was considering a new Boeing order focused on the 777X, an advanced version of the 777 mini-jumbo.

Boeing 777-9 First certification

The first certification flight test of the 777-9 took place on Friday evening, with FAA personnel onboard alongside Boeing’s pilots and flight test team.

According to The Seattle Times, the aircraft departed from Boeing Field shortly after 6 p.m. and landed nearly two hours later after flying along the Washington and Oregon coast.

The 777X, an upgraded version of the successful 777 twinjet, features new engines and carbon composite wings with folding wingtips to accommodate standard airport gates.

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The first variant, the 777-9X, is designed to carry 426 passengers in a two-class configuration for long-haul international flights.

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Boeing B777x total orders

Boeing has secured 481 orders for the aircraft, with Emirates being the largest customer, having ordered over 200 units. The planemaker has already built and stored 22 777X jets, with an additional six in various stages of assembly in Everett, Washington.

Boeing is close to finalizing a significant deal to sell approximately two dozen 777X jets to Korean Air, with an estimated value ranging from $4 billion to $6 billion, as reported by Reuters.

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Industry sources suggest that the agreement could be concluded as early as the Farnborough Airshow in July. Korean Air, South Korea’s largest airline, has been in discussions about returning to Boeing for its long-haul aircraft needs.

The Boeing 777X vs A350 is one of the most popular comparisons among aircraft as of now. The Airbus A350 has been operating for more than eight years, and its promising performance helps airlines in terms of efficiency and customer satisfaction, particularly in noise and vibrations.

The next generation Boeing 777X can fulfill the same requirements, with 777x first delivery given to Emirates Airlines, the launch customer for this aircraft. It remains to be seen how the Boeing 777X vs Airbus A350 will compete against each other in the future.

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