VFS, Stakeholders Respond to FAA Powered-Lift SFAR

The Vertical Flight Society worked with several other associations and provided feedback to the FAA on the proposed Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFAR) on "Integration of Powered-Lift: Pilot Certification and Operations," by the deadline of Aug. 14, 2023. The degree of consensus on the major issues of the SFAR was very gratifying. 

Read the VFS Comments on the SFAR. VFS and several other non-profits endorsed the comments submitted by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA) — see below. VFS also signed a Joint Association Letter from AIA, AUVSI, HAI, NATA, NBAA, and VFS

In addition, on Aug. 10, VFS Director of Strategy Mike Hirschberg, published a commentary on Forbes.com, "FAA Should Heed 1990s Powered-Lift Training Decision, noting that "The agency's proposed dual-control requirement for AAM fails to learn from the success of the F-35B program."

A Vertiflite article on the SFAR expanded upon the offically submitted VFS comments: Industry Vets FAA’s Powered-Lift SFAR.

For background on the FAA's Powered-Lift certification decision, please see the VFS Commentary: FAA Changes Course on eVTOL Certification, Vertiflite, July-Aug 2022.

Association comments submitted to the docket:

Company comments submitted to the docket:

Government comments submitted to the docket:


Posted Aug. 15, 2023; updated Aug. 18, 2023