The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Mark Huber

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Consultant Assesses Barriers to eVTOL Operations in Dubai

FEV Consulting's Denis Heckmann focused on challenges facing Dubai's plans for urban air mobility.
In a recent presentation to the Vertical Flight Society's Forum 76 conference, transportation consultant Denis Heckmann detailed environmental, engineering, and cost obstacles to the launch of eVTOL aircraft operations in some locations.
Volocopter in Dubai

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Study Raises Hard Questions About eVTOL Air Taxi Markets

The analysis by Price Systems challenges what it characterizes as unfounded optimism about the viability of advanced air mobility services in affluent areas like New York City.
Price Systems analyst Nate Sirirojvisuth challenged some of the core assumptions made by advocates of advanced air mobility business models. His new report spells out the questions that he says have to be addressed to provide a realistic assessment of the market potential for eVTOL aircraft services in areas such as the northeastern U.S.
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U.S. Justice Department Moves to Ban Foreign Drones From Federally Funded Agencies

The Justice Department order is commonly understood to target China's dominant small unmanned air systems maker DJI.
The U.S. government's ban on some foreign-made drones appears to be part of a wider effort aimed at reducing Chinese involvement in the unmanned air systems sector. This raises the question of whether similar moves might be made to block China's role in the development of autonomous eVTOL aircraft.
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UAS Groups Urge FAA Not to Delay New Remote Identification Requirements

A trio of unmanned aerial systems industry groups want new U.S. Remote ID rules to be released in December as planned.
Although FAA's proposed rules requiring remote identification for unmanned aerial systems are mainly geared towards relatively smalled models in the first instance, the scope of what the agency proposed back on December 31, 2019, has significant ramifications for the development of larger eVTOL aircraft.
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Ross Perot Jr Pushes Alliance Airport as eVTOL Development Hub

Perot promotes Fort Worth Alliance airport complex as home for UAS, eVTOL development.
Ross Perot, Jr. believes the 26,000-acre Fort Worth Alliance airport complex is just the place to develop and test a new generation of delivery drones and passenger eVTOL aircraft. Beginning in the 1980s, Perot’s Hillwood Development donated the land for the public-use airport and developed adjacent industrial, retail, and 10,000 residential properties.
Ross Perot Jr.

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Power Technology

Battery technology is still falling short as a long-term answer to the needs of eVTOL aircraft.
Battery technology is still falling short as a long-term answer to the needs of electric aircraft. Lighter, more capable batteries--or alternatives like hydrogen fuel cells--will be needed to allow aircraft to fulfill their potential to reduce aviation’s carbon footprint. For now, hybrid electric propulsion seems the most viable option for many new aircraft developers.
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The Regulatory Environment

Many eVTOL and UAM pioneers appear to underestimate what it will take to meet complex regulatory requirements for their new aircraft.
Leading aviation regulators, including FAA in the U.S. and EASA in Europe, are stepping up their engagement with the electric vertical takeoff and landing and urban air mobility sector about how rules and standards will be set and met. But much work remains to be done on this front, and some companies appear to have underestimated how complex this could be.
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