Searching for early use cases for evtol aircraft

“That urban application will require coordination and collaboration with utilities, airports, real estate developers and urban planners — many of which have a planning and funding horizon ten to twenty years out, according to Wulff.

“With the public acceptance challenge front-of-mind, Wulff believes emergency response, rural connectivity and cargo delivery are ideal early use cases for eVTOLs to lay the groundwork for those later opportunities.”

Press Release: “NEXA Advisors Landmark UAM Study”

I’m a big fan of where the energy and policy innovation is going here, BUT I’ve also observed for over 5 years that there are basic limits to how any mobility system can grow.

The axiom is basically this:

Trees do not grow from their leaves backwards.

Specifically, the kinds of new mobility connectors being toyed with (pun intended) will not achieve operational prominence or acceptance until they extend value from the current mobility networks.

This frustrates many to hear, I know, but history is filled with false starts for the reasons I suggest. We must bridge our technology solutions from what works today.

If rotorcraft is to become the 5th R (the first four being roads, rivers, railways, and runways), it will do so building from what exists and is productive.

Without question, we need to support the underlying technology development, but we must also support the underlying logistics, safety, and other infrastructure as this important technology matures.

It is not mature yet.

How NASA Ames Is Helping the FAA Brace for the Rise of Delivery Drones | The California Report | KQED News

[Comments: 1. “experts say” is never a good way to represent sources. 2. Noise has yet to be addressed. 3. After 737 MAX, the FAA is going to be MUCH more cautious. 4. The first UAM air connectors already exist and operate under current FAA regulations. Ed.]

Urban Air Mobility: Amsterdam Considers Drone Hub Corridor – DRONELIFE

[Planned corridors for noise, safety, traffic control, etc., are essential to success in UAM, just as having defined nodes in an area where such systems can land and takeoff.  These routing networks and the land nodes are a key infrastructure system needing development in parallel with the air vehicle technology. ed.]

RAI Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA and the municipality of Amsterdam will jointly explore the added value and feasibility of a drone hub corridor.

Source: Urban Air Mobility: Amsterdam Considers Drone Hub Corridor – DRONELIFE

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