The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a complete rule for training and certifying pilots, which was a significant step towards safely enabling enhanced air mobility.
Many of the proposed aircraft take off and land like helicopters but fly like airplanes while en route, necessitating the need for new regulations. The powered-lift complete regulation is intended to give pilots and the industry clarity regarding what will be expected of them when they operate these aircraft once it is finalized. According to the proposed rule:
- A clear pathway is proposed for pilots to earn powered-lift ratings specific to each type of aircraft they fly.
- Pilots who work for powered-lift aircraft manufacturers could serve as the initial cadre of flight instructors, who could then train instructors at flight schools, training centers and air carriers.
- To safely accelerate pilot certification, alternate eligibility criteria would enable certain pilots to meet flight-time experience requirements faster. This would apply to pilots who already hold a commercial pilot certificate and are instrument rated.
- Powered-lift aircraft would follow the same set of operating rules as traditional aircraft that are used in private and commercial flights and air tours.