Orlando Partners with VHB and NASA to Lead Nation in Advancing Air Mobility
The City of Orlando is seeking to develop into a nationwide chief in innovating on air mobility options, together with rising electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) applied sciences and “vertiports for air taxis.”
by Ian M. Crosby
“As transportation choices proceed to evolve over time, the supply and accessibility of incorporating air taxis right into a group’s transportation community vastly will increase,” mentioned Mayor Buddy Dyer. “As a future-ready metropolis, the City of Orlando desires to be ready to embrace these new transportation facilities that may improve our regional connectivity and function a serious spine of our future transportation community.”
As a part of this effort, the City of Orlando has cemented a partnership with VHB to create an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Transportation Plan, in addition to an unique aero-research partnership with NASA, the place the City was one in every of solely 5 entities to be chosen.
On Friday, September 24, Orlando and VHB commenced the AAM transportation planning course of by assembling transportation businesses, native governments and personal stakeholders to debate regional transportation and environmental challenges and alternatives.
The AAM planning course of will happen over the following a number of months via a sequence of group workshops and can assess anticipated impacts related to AAM via a regional connectivity plan. The gathered suggestions will assist to form the development of the venture going ahead.
“The AAM Transportation Plan is a good instance of what being a future-ready city means to Orlando,” mentioned Curt Ostrodka, Director of Community Planning for VHB. “The plan will assist us to remain forward of an modern type of mobility, with enter from a large illustration of group members. Through collaboration, we can determine the regional transportation and environmental challenges and alternatives that could possibly be impacted by AAM.”
These partnerships and the development of the City’s AAM efforts align with the Orlando Future-Ready City Master Plan and Orlando’s aim of turning into America’s premier future-ready metropolis by staying forward of alternatives, guaranteeing it retains its standing as a world vacation spot.
The Orlando Future-Ready City Master Plan is a street map that’s serving to the City develop by leveraging knowledge and new expertise for the implementation of future-ready, sustainable options which are co-created by the group and deal with power, economic system, and resiliency. VHB developed the Master Plan in collaboration with Orlando and is supporting the plan methods as Owner’s Representative. Some methods put into place as a result of plan embody a digital gadget and public wi-fi hotspot lending library for underserved communities.
Want to learn extra about air taxis and concrete air mobility? Check out these articles on the public perception of urban air mobility, Hyundai’s big push on Vertiports, and the Hyundai /Uber drone taxi system. Or, learn extra about NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility projects or when FAA Administrator Steve Dickson says we will anticipate to see city air mobility within the U.S.
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