Early eVTOL passenger craft that are used in commercial operations should have safety records equal to those in the commercial aviation sector in order to prevent accidents and fatalities.
That is according to the boss of Horizon Aircraft, which has developed the Cavorite X5 eVTOL aircraft and was recently acquired by Astro Aerospace.
The company’s CEO said the global spotlight on the first air taxis will be sufficiently intense that any accidents and safety risks would set the industry back years in terms of passenger confidence and regulatory approval.
Brandon Robinson said: “There is much debate around the safety requirements of eVTOL aircraft, with some commentators for example, saying they should be twice as safe as driving a car, or have safety records on a par with helicopters.
“The safety bar must be set much higher so that potential passengers, regulators, and other stakeholders have the highest possible levels of confidence in the first eVTOL aircraft. This is essential to the sector reaching its full potential.”
The Horizon Aircraft Cavorite X5 is fundamentally a normal aircraft with an additional eVTOL capability that adds safety and operational capability. Flying 98% of its mission in a configuration exactly like a normal aircraft, means discussions surrounding certification can start from a well-understood baseline. This greatly reduces risk during the process, the company said.