Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Safety Measures in Place for Air Taxi Flights and Regulatory and Insurance Frameworks Needed for Urban Air Mobility

02 Aug 2022In Parliament
Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye asked the Minister for Transport

a.     what safety measures will be put in place for air taxi flights in Singapore; and

b.     how will our regulatory and insurance frameworks need to evolve in tandem with urban air mobility solutions.

Reply by Minister for Transport S Iswaran:

1.     The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) are working with other government agencies to develop safety regulatory requirements for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) flights in Singapore. This includes aircraft certification standards, operational regulations, and assessment of flight routes and other potential security considerations. In particular, the eVTOL aircraft and its operations have to be certified to a safety level similar to that of commercial air transport today.

2.     In developing this framework, CAAS is also working closely with leading regulators like the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, to ensure that industry practices and our safety regulatory framework are robust, and above all, safeguard aviation and public safety.

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