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ASTM WK59317

New Specification for Vertiport Design

1. Scope

4.1 The Scope of the Committee shall be the development of standards and guidance materials for unmanned aircraft systems. The work of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM Committees and organizations having mutual interest.

4.2 The focus of the committee shall be the development of standards and publications including (but not necessarily limited to):

4.2.1 Minimum safety, performance, and flight proficiency requirements.

4.2.2 Quality assurance – to install manufacturing controls assuring aircraft conform to design criteria.

4.2.3 Production acceptance tests and procedures assuring that the completed aircraft systems meet reported performance as demonstrated in the prototype aircraft system. This performance includes limits such as: empty weight and center of gravity, performance specifications, controllability and maneuverability trim, stability, stall speed and handling characteristics, engine cooling and operating characteristics, propeller limits, systems functions, and folding or removable lifting surfaces.

4.3.3 A baseline plan for continued airworthiness systems, including methods for monitoring and maintaining continued operational safety, and processes for identifying, reporting, and remedying safety-of-flight issues.


vertiport; vertistop; UAS; unmanned aerial system; VTOL; vertical takeoff and landing; eAircraft; electric aircraft; hybrid aircraft; UAM; urban air mobility


This specification is intended to support the design of civil vertiports and vertistops; however, it may also be used as a best practice document for other operations. Vertiport means a generic reference to the area of land, water, or structure used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of VTOL aircraft together with associated buildings and facilities. Vertistop means a minimally developed VTOL aircraft facility for boarding and discharging passengers or cargo. The vertiport/vertistop relationship is comparable to a bus terminal-bus stop relationship with respect to the extent of services provided or expected. The proliferation of electric-powered VTOL should be carefully considered in the development of this specification. This specification shall be scalable to address aircraft ranging in size and kinetic energy, including unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft. Although vertiports will support operations by both civil VTOL aircraft and civil helicopters, the design of certain vertiports in which airspace is limited may make it impractical for older, less capable helicopters to operate at a particular vertiport; however, the CAA may choose to specify aircraft certification and qualifications.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F38.02

Committee: F38

Staff Manager: Mary Mikolajewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-09-2017

Technical Contact: Jonathan Daniels

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Ballot: F38.02 (18-02)

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Ballot: F38 (19-06)

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Ballot: F38 (20-03)

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Ballot: F38 (21-02)

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Ballot: F38 (22-03)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution