Posts by Dave Clarke

How Much Noise Will a Single Rotor Make When a Single Rotor Makes Noise?

In their paper, “Best Practices for Predicting Acoustics of a Single Rotor Using the NASA RVLT Conceptual Design Toolchain” presented at the Vertical Flight Society’s 6th Decennial Aeromechanics Specialists’ Conference held in Santa Clara, California in February 2024, NASA aerospace engineers Lauren Weist, Natasha Schatzman, and Dorsa Shirazi detailed the results of their study intended…

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Future Forward: AAM By the Numbers

We’re talking billions. US$30.7bn — The value of the urban air mobility market by 2031 Source Allied Market Research 30.2% — Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of urban air mobility market from 2022 to 2031. Source: Allied Market Research US$3.8bn — Value of urban air mobility market in 2023 Source: Markets and Markets US$28.5bn — Value of urban air…

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UAM: If We Build It, Will You Come? Will You Pay?

The technology behind air taxis may be ahead of people’s willingness to use them.

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AI Has Come for Your Aircraft

You may have noticed that our lives — our digital lives and, by extension, practically every aspect of our offline lives — are about to undergo a radical transformation not seen since the advent of the internet.  That transformation is being powered by artificial intelligence (AI). AI is computers supercomputing and processing data faster and…

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An Advanced Simulation for Implementation of Advanced Air Mobility

Working together to hasten the safe introduction and integration of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) into the national airspaces of countries around the globe, a group of researchers from Cranfield University, Boeing Research and Technology—Europe, ANRA Technologies, Airbus-Unmanned Traffic Management, Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, Ineco, and NTT Data, published an article, “The Development of an Advanced…

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Illustration of a red city bus at the base of a vertiport with an air taxi on top of it.

Vertiport, Vertiport, Wherefore Shall I Integrate You?

Much of the discussion surrounding the integration of urban/advanced air mobility (UAM/AAM) has focused on how best to accommodate this new transportation mode into the National Air Space (NAS) of any given nation-state (such as the United States) or a supranational union of states (such as the European Union). But, to date, little consideration has…

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