By Emma Kelly | September 22, 2023.
Australian advanced air mobility (AAM) stakeholders expect to see the first commercial services in the country in 2027 — but there’s still a lot that needs to be done to make this possible, delegates heard at this week’s AAM Summit, organized by the Australian Association for Uncrewed Systems (AAUS).
To help the sector get there, the AAUS plans to launch a vision statement for AAM in Australia by November, followed by a roadmap that will deliver clear, actionable, prioritized guidance for industry, government and stakeholders, said Reece Clothier, senior manager of global regulatory strategy at Boeing and AAUS president.
Consultations with stakeholders conducted by AAUS and L.E.K. Consulting as part of the vision and roadmap process have highlighted that Australia has a lot to gain from AAM, providing the opportunity to overcome the country’s tyranny of distance and enhancing the connectivity of communities.
“The distribution of our population means that we have a disproportionate infrastructure and services spend trying to connect our population,” said Clothier, pointing to more than A$33 billion (US$21 billion) spent each year on road-related infrastructure.
AAM could reduce this burden, revolutionizing urban and regional transport, and providing reduced travel times and improved mobility options, he said.
Australia is an attractive environment for AAM, stakeholders believe, with significant under-utilized airspace, much of which is near or over water. This would be ideal for early AAM activity to help build social license. The country also has a “mature, trusted and risk-based regulatory environment,” Clothier said.
Realizing AAM in Australia could provide environmental, economic and social benefits, including creating…
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