The company claims that it incorporates the information garnered from 1000 test flights of previous models. The autonomous flying taxi, which can seat two people, meets the requirements of the SC-VTOL certification under preparation by EASA. This could mean that self-flying taxis will soon be able to take to the sky in Europe.
In Dubai, the same company showcased several public flights in cooperation with the city’s Road and Transport Administration. The device is fully electric and, according to the company, has multiple redundancy in all critical components such as propellers, motors, power source, electronics and flight controls.
It is also fitted with a full aircraft emergency parachute, nine independent battery systems, a battery quick change and plug-in system. It also has a fast battery charging time of 40 minutes.
IEC work for the aviation sector
While aviation safety standards have to be met, all the electronic parts working together to make the aircraft depart and land safely will do so according to the international safety standards developed by the IEC.
The organization has even set up a couple of Technical Committees which produce standards specifically for the aviation sector. IEC TC 107 develops process management standards on equipment and systems used in the field of avionics. The IEC 62668 series of standards establishes the guidelines for avoidance, detection and mitigation of counterfeit parts, for instance.
IEC TC 97 prepares interantional standards relevant to the the electrical installations for the lighting and beaconing of aerodromes. The IEC 61820 series specifies the system design and installation requirements for constant current circuits for aeronautical ground lighting.
One of the four conformity assessment systems run by the IEC, IECQ, has developed a scheme for the aviation industry. The IECQ avionics parts and assembly management system is designed to evaluate that the processes of avionics equipment manufacturers are compliant with IEC 62239-1 which defines the requirements for developing an electronic component management plan.
IECQ also provides the counterfeit avoidance programme which helps manufacturers and subcontracters avoid counterfeit parts when selecting and using components.