Urban Air Mobility - UAM Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) means a safe and efficient system for vehicles, piloted or not, to move passengers and cargo within a city.
March 2022: US Senate supports advanced air mobility legislation. This is the bill S.516 - Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act. Both the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) applauded the bill, with Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA, stating that coordination at the government level will be needed to usher in this growing aviation sector.
March 2017 - On-Demand Mobility (ODM)
CTOL: Conventional Takeoff and Landing
Thin Haul: 9-10 pax aircraft
VTOL: vertical takeoff and landing
vertiport: VTOL hubs with multiple takeoff and landing pads, as well as charging infrastructure
vertistop: a single VTOL pad with minimal infrastructure
- specific energy: the amount of energy per unit weight provided by the battery, which ultimately determines the gross weight of the vehicle
- charge rate: how quickly the battery can be brought back to a nearly full charge, which determines operational idle time
- cycle life: the number of charge/discharge cycles the cell can sustain before its capacity is less than 80% of the original, which determines how often the battery must be replaced
- cost per kilowatt-hour: which determines the overall battery cost
March 2018 - Cora, Kitty Hawk’s Air Taxi Takes Off in New Zealand
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