Posts by Dave Clarke

In Urban Air Mobility – Especially in Urban Air Mobility – Time Is Money

Your pax are onboard, you departed on-time. Your route was clear, weather was perfect and then – a geofence gets put up literally out of the clear blue sky. You want to minimize your snap trajectory and your trajectory but that’s easier said than done. Or it was, until a cohort of researchers from Cranfield…

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Eyes wide shut -- bad eVTOL pilot. Bad pilot.

Urban Air Mobility Will Stretch Pilot Fatigue Management in New Ways

Imagine yourself a taxi driver in New York City, London, Berlin, or Tokyo; dozens, maybe hundreds of trips in an 8-, 10-, maybe even 12-hour day. You’re doing what you can, as the movie Cabaret song said, to “earn a mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound.” Now, flash-forward to 2027 or 2030 and…

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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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Urban Air Mobility: When It Comes to the Public’s eVTOL Attitudes, It’s Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

The March 2024 Issue of Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives published on Science Direct offers some advanced perspective on how the public-at-large will cotton to this whole ‘flying cars’ thing about to be unleashed on them (It’s kind of a ‘ready-or-not’ here we come kind of thing.). Researchers from Technische Universität Berlin, Hamid Mostofi, Tobias Biehle, Robin Kellermann, and Hans-Liudger Dienel presented their…

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Black and white photo of the first commercial airline flight.

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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