The European Union and Singapore sign a cooperation agreement on urban air mobility

Singapore (Urban Transport News): The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on the development of urban air mobility on October 18 2022. Representatives of the two agencies signed the pact on the sidelines of the four-day EU-Asia Symposium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility, held in Singapore.

The agreement will see EASA and CAAS collaborate in areas such as the development of safety and regulatory standards, awareness strategies, as well as other activities and conferences related to urban air mobility issues.

“Over the past few years, we have seen quantum leaps in [unmanned aircraft systems] and [urban air mobility] development. The potential benefits are enormous. Achieving them will require concomitant regulatory development, and regulators must keep pace with technological and business developments to ensure safety and security and build public trust and acceptance,” said Han Kok Juan, Managing Director of CAAS. .

“We know that regulators have traditionally lagged behind industry developments and innovations. This MoU and the wider symposium will help regulators get ahead of the technology curve to support our future safety oversight responsibilities,” commented Luc Tytgat, Director of Strategy and Management of EASA safety.

The deal comes as Singapore doubles down on urban air mobility efforts, including the deployment of electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, as well as the use of drones for ship-to-shore deliveries and other purposes. freight and logistics.

European company eVTOL Volocopter has a strong presence in the city-state, having carried out test flights with its planes in Singapore’s central business district.

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