AERTEC has been working for years on the technologies, communications systems and infrastructure necessary to integrate this more intelligent, efficient and sustainable air transport model into cities

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is a solution for transporting people and goods using vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL), a new faster, safer and more sustainable model that is already beginning to be implemented in countries such as the United States, China, Singapore and Australia. But when in Europe?

This question was answered in a round table organized by the international technology company AERTEC within the framework of S-MOVING, the forum on intelligent and sustainable mobility held last week at the Málaga Trade Fair and Congress Centre. This session brought together key actors in the development of the AAM, such as eVTOL developers, air navigation managers, technology companies and City Councils, which have to adapt their urban plans to accommodate infrastructures (vertiports) that will allow the takeoff and landing of unmanned aerial vehicles.

“We will see AAM in our cities sooner if we work in parallel, we need vehicle technology, airspace and U-space services, infrastructure and urban planning in cities,” says Ana Pérez, Aviation Expert Director of AERTEC and moderator of this round table in which representatives from Ehang, Enaire, the Zaragoza City Council (the first Spanish city to build a vertiport) and AERTEC itself, which specializes in the creation of technology and communications systems applicable to Advanced Air Mobility, as well as in the design, planning, and certification of vertiports.

In fact, AERTEC has published a White Paper together with Bluenest by Globalvia with the guidelines that these “drone airports” must comply with. “It is important to clearly define the location of future vertiports to minimize impacts and maximize connectivity, which will contribute to favoring the use of this new means of transportation by reducing road traffic congestion and emissions, and improving the profitability of operations” says Ana Pérez.

As part of the preparation of an appropriate regulatory framework for Innovative Air Mobility, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has carried out a study on the social acceptance of Urban Air Mobility operations throughout the European Union. According to the results of this survey, 83% of respondents have a positive initial attitude towards Urban Air Mobility, and 71% are willing to try this type of services.

R&D projects towards a secure AAM

Although the technology already exists, research is key to continue evolving towards safe and sustainable Advanced Air Mobility. AERTEC is part of various European projects that work in this line, such as the Clean Aviation HERA program led by Leonardo, with the aim of defining a regional aircraft concept suitable for hybrid-electric propulsion, and in which the specialized international company in aerospace technology participates in two different working groups (aircraft systems and ground infrastructure).