EUROCAE and EASA Workshop on Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL)

6 June 2019, St Denis, EUROCAE


Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft are currently under extensive development. Many projects are in design or experimental phases worldwide, and several applications have been made to authorities seeking type certification within a demanding schedule.

EASA is developing a VTOL Special Condition (SC), composed of elements taken from CS-23 Amdt. 5, transposed parts from CS-27 as well as new parts, to address particularities of this new aircraft category using lift/thrust units to generate powered lift and control. Following an objective-based approach to the best extent, while also offering a certain degree of proportionality, the VTOL SC is expected to be published mid-2019.

To provide the related guidance to applicants, EASA seeks to have industry standards established, ensuring appropriate participation of European experts to standard development. A stepwise approach addressing the most important Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) with a potentially strong impact on the design is considered for this.

EASA and EUROCAE jointly organised a workshop to discuss current activities, identify and prioritize standardization needs with key stakeholders from industry, airspace users, Member States, European institutions, academia.


The VTOL Workshop was held on 6 June 2019, at the EUROCAE premises, 9-23 rue Paul Lafargue, "Le Triangle" building, 93200 Saint-Denis, France. It was attended by over 70 delegates.


The agenda is available here.

The presentations are available here.

The conclusions of the discussion are available here.


The kick off meeting of EUROCAE WG-112 VTOL will be held on 27 June 2019, at EASA Cologne.

Pre-registration is required by filling out the Call for Participation through this form.


Further information on the workshop is available at EASA website.