Sunday, March 13, 2022

FAA Releases Draft Engineering Brief 105 for Vertiport Design and Seeks Comments

On March 2, 2022, the FAA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of, and requesting comments regarding, the draft Engineering Brief (EB) 105 for Vertiport Design. This draft EB will provide interim safety standards for aviation facilities that electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) type aircraft utilize for take-off and landing. The FAA describes these types of aviation facilities as `vertiports'.

The FAA is asking for comments on the draft EB 105 for Vertiport Design to be submitted to the agency on or before April 18, 2022. In addition, the FAA will hold a virtual industry day meeting regarding the draft EB 105 on March 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Comments are to be submitted utilizing the comment matrix provided by the agency.

The EB is highly engineering-oriented, so as to generate comments designed to provide what the FAA terms “interim guidance”. The FAA indicates that interim guidance is needed to support initial infrastructure development for VTOL operations, and that the EB provides that interim guidance. The FAA states that future updates to this EB will be published to provide reconsidered guidance as additional performance data is gleaned about emerging VTOL aircraft.

The FAA link to the EB and supporting information may be found here.

The notice in the Federal Register may be found here

For more information contact Robert E. Kelly, Esq. at

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