Vertiports: If You Build Them, Will They Come?

Horse, stable. Ship, dock. Car, garage. Airplane, hangar. Air transportation vehicles need a place to park, too. Whether to refuel, recharge, or reload, the urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles in development today will need somewhere to depart from and somewhere to land. They will need infrastructure to support them, not the least of which will…

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NASA Series to Lead the Way in Making eVTOLs a Reality in the US

Just a few years ago, as people in the aviation field discussed how eVTOLs (called flying cars in popular culture) might be integrated into existing airspace, the term urban air mobility (UAM) came into being. Coining it that made sense. After all, a Jetson-like cityscape is what many people think of when they imagine vertical…

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NASA Working on Road Rules – for the Sky

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane.” If this were the 1950s, the next line (from the original TV show) would be, “It’s Superman!” But, if they were to remake the show in 2020, the opening dialogue might be slightly different: Man: Look. Up in the sky. It’s a plane. Woman:…

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A Few Good Men – and a Fleet of eVTOLs

The US Marine Corps is adopting a Jetsons-style approach to warfare. Often, it’s the military that leads technological innovation. The World Wide Web we know today as the Internet originated with the US Military’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). It sent its first message in 1983. Sometimes, it works the other way around. Such…

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CAMI Gives Lift to UAM

If you’ve been paying attention, you know a new industry is taking shape. Sooner than most people realize, there are going to be “flying cars,” AKA eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft), for shared and personal intra- and inter-urban transportation and emergency services. To facilitate the integration of the third dimension into personal transportation,…

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UAM Community Advocates for Continued Support from US Government

Urban air mobility (UAM) is on the minds of many in the aviation community these days. And, it seems, U.S. government officials have also taken note of the enormous opportunities UAM offers the nation and the world. In a recent letter, signed by 10 leading aerospace organizations, the groups applauded the government’s recent actions in…

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