The Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a letter of intent to certify eVTOLs, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The agreement was signed during a meeting of the Certification Management Team (CMT) 2023, in São Paulo (SP).

The agreement formalizes the intention of joint action between civil aviation authorities to build eVTOL certification, with sharing of experiences and collaborative work. According to the document, the six objectives of the partnership are as follows:

  1. Establish and maintain recurrent communication at technical level with the purpose of sharing experiences and leveraging knowledge related to certification of eVTOL;
  2. Seek joint participation and alignment in international technical groups involved with the development of standards applicable to eVTOL aircraft;
  3. Pursue the development or adoption, of common or aligned, technical standards applicable to the certification of eVTOL aircraft;
  4. Promote the benefits of concurrent validations to the industry, as a means to facilitate alignment of technical standards and compatibility of the civil aviation systems;
  5. Coordinate the early involvement in technical conversations related to the certification of new eVTOL products where validation is intended; and
  6. Cooperate on the harmonization of policies, procedures, and practices related to certification of eVTOL.

In June this year, ANAC signed a similar agreement with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA-UK).