The Future of Advanced Air Mobility

Kerry Lynch

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FAA Lays Foundation For eVTOL Aircraft Operations With Vertiport Standards

The U.S. aviation regulator has published safety guidelines for key advanced air mobility ground infrastructure.
The FAA's has published eagerly awaited standards on vertiport design that will provide infrastructure developers with important guidance on topics such as the recharging of electric aircraft. The U.S. aviation safety agency has advised that standards will need to evolve as more complete information on the performance of new eVTOL aircraft becomes available.
FAA has issued guidelines for the design of vertiports to be used by new eVTOL aircraft.

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Disjointed U.S. and Europe Could Lose Advanced Air Mobility Leadership to Asia, Warns eVTOL Leader

Michael Cervenka, president of UK-based eVTOL aircraft developer Vertical Aerospace told Honeywell's Air Mobility Summit that there must be alignment on policy, regulation and global collaboration.
Asia stands to offer the biggest opportunities for advanced air mobility companies, according to Vertical Aerospace president Michael Cervenka, who urged industry and regulators in the U.S. and Europe to collaborate
Vertical Aerospace's VA-X4 eVTOL aircraft will carry four passengers.

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U.S. Lawmakers Look To Build Advanced Air Mobility With FAA Reauthorization Bill

House of Representatives aviation subcommittee chair Larsen sees the upcoming bill to approve spending by the U.S. aviation regulation addressing broad issues such as infrastructure for advanced air mobility..
Congressional leaders expect are eying a range of issues for the FAA reauthorization bill that will be in the works next year that includes "clear direction" for the FAA to make sure the proper resources are dedicated to the advanced air mobility industry.
Left to right: Rep. Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Washington), and GAMA v-p government affairs Paul Feldman (Photo: Kerry Lynch/AIN)

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eVTOL Aircraft Developers Remain Concerned Over New FAA Operational Regulations

The U.S. aviation safety agency now says it needs to develop a special federal aviation regulation to facilitate the use of advanced air mobility vehicles in commercial operations and to address pilot training.
FAA's shift of certification rules for advanced air mobility vehicles opened the door to other concerns, including operational and training requirements as well as international validations. However, the agency is working toward the release of a special federal aviation regulation by 2024.
Archer is flight testing its Maker technology demonstrator for its planned eVTOL aircraft.

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Embraer, BAE Strengthen Plans To Use Eve's eVTOL for Defense Applications

Embraer and BAE have signed a letter of intent with Eve Air Mobility to potentially order up to 150 of Eve's eVTOL vehicles to be used for defense and security applications.
Embraer is expanding its partnerships with BAE Systems under memoranda of understanding signed on Tuesday during the 2022 Farnborough International Airshow to explore defense and security applications for the Eve eVTOL.
Jackson Schneider and Ian Muldowney shake hands in an Eve eVTOL display.

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CAE Develops AAM Mixed-reality Trainer, Teams with Piper on Electric Archer STC

Aviation training group CAE is developing a flight trainer to address the emerging needs of the advanced air mobility sector.
Aviation training group CAE is developing a flight trainer to address the emerging needs of the advanced air mobility (AAM) sector, and it has partnered with Piper Aircraft to develop a supplemental type certificate (STC) for an electric powerplant conversion of the single-engine Piper PA-28-181 Archer light airplane, the companies announced Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow.
CAE air mobility (AAM) simulator

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MagniX Teams with Brazil's Desaer on Hybrid-electric Regional Airliner

Desaer, which has been developing the ATL-100 light regional twin turboprop, is looking at the next iteration, the ATL-100H, which incorporates magniX magni350 electric propulsion units.
Under the partnership announced on February 8, electric-propulsion specialist MagniX would collaborate with Desaer on an ATL-100H hybrid variant that would be powered by two magni350 electric-propulsion units and two turboprop engines. The aircraft is mainly intended to serve as a regional airliner in the same class as 19-seaters like the Dornier Do-228.
Desaer's planned hybrid electric ATL100 regional airliner

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Bell Trials with NASA Move APT Autonomous Cargo Vehicle Toward Commercialization

Bell completed a trial of its APT uncrewed cargo platform with ground-based radar to test its capabilities in complex airspace and operating-beyond-visual-line-of-sight missions.
Bell executives are pleased with the maturation of its Autonomous Pod Transport and believe the program is ready for pilot partnerships and commercialization in the air freight sector. As part of the maturation and in conjunction with NASA, Bell recently tested its capabilities in complex airspace using ground-based radar sensors in flight trials conducted at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Bell Autonomous Pod Transport flying near Alliance Airport in Texas (Photo: Bell)

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Report Sees $9.566 Billion Market for Electric Aircraft by 2027

A new report is estimating the electric aircraft market will grow at a 4.6% CAGR, reaching $9.566 billion by 2027.
Market research from Valuation Reports is estimating that the market for electric aircraft reached $6.754 billion in 2020—even though few had entered service—but will reach $9.566 billion by 2027 as deliveries ramp up and so too does demand for sustainability.
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U.S. Lawmakers Back Government Support for Advanced Air Mobility

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives has won support from industry groups including the National Business Aviation Association and the Helicopter Association International.
The Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM), H.R.6270, would direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a pilot program that would provide planning and construction grants to support advanced air mobility infrastructure development. The proposed legislation closely mirrors a bill that has already been backed by the U.S. Senate.
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