E-VTOL Council

"Things Startups Should Know About Certification Flight Test"
The E-VTOL Flight Test Council is hosting a free 90-minute webinar aimed at helping startup companies understand the flight test depth required to bring an electric aircraft to certification. The discussion will inform OEMs about a few of the many finer points needed to show airworthiness. ITPS's Chief Technical Instructor João O. Falcão will address various topics such as 
Flight Testing eVTOL aircraft
Configuration management & conformity
Instrumentation vetting 
How much data is needed to validate models and satisfy authorities
FAA-required processes
Writing acceptable cert plans, FT plans, FT reports
This webinar is also aimed at experienced testers who have not worked civil certification programs or need a refresher.
Tuesday, 6 Sept, 11am-12:30 Eastern time. Free registration link https://vtol.org/webinars

Charter

The council is an open forum for flight testers of electric and novel VTOL aircraft configurations, covering the spectrum of sizes, categories, classes, payload/passenger combinations, and piloting options.  The complexity and energy concerns for large aircraft bring priority to those above the FAA Part 107 (>55 lb) limit.  With emphasis on eVTOL, the council‘s mission is to promote flight test safety, efficiency, and knowledge for electric aircraft development, certification, and qualification. The spirit is to advance knowledge through reciprocal contribution of non-proprietary information. The means is to openly collaborate on best practices and to share all council discussions, papers, and recordings across three mutually beneficial areas: 

Safety

  • General FT planning and execution to reduce risk to the lowest practical levels.
  • Detailed hazards and mitigations specific to electric aircraft flight testing.
  • FT considerations for new-paradigm safety assessments and failure probability calculations.

Rulemaking/Standards

  • Serve as a resource where flight testers have pertinent knowledge that might influence separate rulemaking bodies.
  • Propose harmonized and safer means of compliance.

Efficiency

  • Review common resources such as test facilities, ranges, and training
  • Flight test equipment design/interface standards (e.g. instrumentation, recovery chutes)
  • Data analysis and presentation methods
  • Common failure mode demonstrations
  • Promulgate DoD and civil test techniques specific to electric aircraft and components. Includes FTTs appropriate to piloted vs. remote pilot vs. autonomous.

Operationally, this all-volunteer council will...

  • Without requiring individual membership in any specific organization, work jointly with interested professional societies to share information in both directions. 
  • Encourage members to present and publish formal technical papers through their chosen organization and will disseminate links to those papers.
  • Promote various digital, virtual, or in-person collaboration forums for discussions.
  • Manage a repository for unpublished papers, internal discussions, guidelines, and other content germane to electric and powered-lift flight testing. 
  • Promote collegiate and technical talent networking. 

Contact Information

Founder and Chair:
Al Lawless <sfte@alawless.com>
336-422-1093

No membership requirements or fees to participate in this council. Contact Chair to join member list for meeting announcements and reports.

Main council meetings occur on alternating Tuesdays, 11-noon Eastern time. Meetings and the principal library are hosted by joint sponsor Vertical Flight Society. 

Under this council are separate focus committees, each meeting at different times and coordinated but different Chairs.