These innovative aerial vehicles are coming
Much needs to be done to prepare for future operations
Two impressive testing groups are assessing CORRIDORS and RIGHTS and Way
The visionary technologist entrepreneurs are designing, testing and soon (?) manufacturing AAMs, UAMs and UASs. The prospect of this innovation is stimulating aviation and the domestic economy in the near term. As previously noted, increased attention to reserve places for take-off and landing is needed. Along the same sector of preparations for these new forms of commerce is planning for the flight paths.
The tests of UTM are moving towards air traffic control systems for these aircraft. All three of these envisioned classes of aerial vehicles have virtually unlimited flight paths and profiles. Unknown is whether there will be federal, state and/or local restrictions on where the AAM/UAM/UAS may fly—noise, safety, private property rights, congestion?
Efforts to reserve the AIRSPACE needed for these future avenues of aviation commerce are being driven by two projects:
1.A trans-border coalition has been formed among US and Canadian regional groups, technology companies and operators to assess how a flight path across the line separating the two sovereigns works. The results should be applicable for many future operating scenarios.
- A consortium of universities and technology companies, funded by FAA’s ASSURE, will run a series of real world operational situations to learn about Right of Way rules using technologies associated with autonomous flight.
VPorts, a Quebec-based world leader in the design, construction and operation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish the first-of-their-kind international electric AAM corridors between Quebec (Canada) and the United States. The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft test flights are planned for 2023.
The MOU was signed by a consortium of international organizations, including VPorts, Aéro Montréal, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), Innovitech, the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (Alma) and Helijet International.
“Advanced Air Mobility is moving very fast. These Quebec-U.S. international corridors will contribute to the development, integration, and social acceptability of Advanced Air Mobility. This initiative is in keeping with our ambition and vision to build and operate 1,500 vertiports around the world by 2045,” said Dr. Fethi Chebil, President and Founder of VPorts.
The aim of the corridors is to build an AAM ecosystem that will provide a platform for full commercial cargo transport operations using eVTOLs. They will allow the consortium’s members to explore all aspects of AAM, including goods transportation, charging readiness, stakeholder management, business cases, security and safety protocols, social acceptability and urban integration of infrastructure and operations. The initiative could also be replicated in other countries.
“This project is aligned with Aéro Montréal’s mission of enhancing the Quebec aerospace cluster and positioning it as an international leader. We are delighted that VPorts is leading the way in establishing electric Advanced Air Mobility corridors between Quebec and the United States,” said Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, Quebec’s aerospace cluster.
The consortium intends to work closely and proactively with Transport Canada, NAV CANADA and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to leverage their respective expertise and regulatory authority to foster the implementation of an international framework that tests relevant technology, regulatory alignment and air traffic procedures and management.
AAM will offer a new transportation mode across regions underserved by aviation while providing substantial economic, environmental and public health benefits. All eVTOL manufacturers will have access to the corridors to conduct flight testing.
This press release was prepared and distributed by VPorts.
Sept. 7, 2022
UND, other universities partner with
Applied Aeronautics, Iris Automation, Sagetech Avionics
to enhance UAS safety, inform right-of-way rules.
The University of North Dakota’s John D. Odergard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND) has received additional funding from ASSURE for continued research into Right of Way rules using technologies associated with autonomous flight.
To support this effort, UND is working collectively with the University of Kansas and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University using Iris Automation and Sagetech Avionics’ Detect and Avoid solutions for cooperative and noncooperative traffic within the Applied Aeronautics Albatross UAV platform.
The FAA’s ASSURE program is the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence. The program’s mission is to provide high-quality research and support to autonomy stakeholders to safely and efficiently integrate autonomous systems into the national and international infrastructure, thereby increasing commerce and overall public safety and benefit.
ASSURE is comprised of 25 of the world’s leading research institutions and more than a hundred leading industry and government partners.
Ultimately, this ASSURE research will help define the rules necessary for right-of-way traffic for autonomous aircraft to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), below 400 feet above ground level, within the national airspace system. These efforts may potentially assist in modifying the existing FAA rules for commercial UAS operations.
The research will provide key insights for how the UAS pilot can make safe and effective decisions when receiving conflicting traffic alerts, and help define the operator’s responsibility for situational awareness for both cooperative and noncooperative aircraft. The goal is to eliminate any ambiguity and enhance safety considerations for various aircraft sizes, crewed or uncrewed.
Three separate geographical locations have been identified across the U.S. to test the Albatross UAV and other UAVs against
various flight scenarios
using different types of aircraft,
crewed and uncrewed.
Simulation and flight testing will be completed in 1½ years, with the report to be delivered to the FAA in 2023.
“It is exhilarating to see — and an honor to be a part of — ASSURE universities and the UAS industry, collaborating together to find solutions to integrate UAS into the national airspace system,” said Paul Snyder, the project lead and director of the UAS Program at UND.
 Our mission is to provide high-quality research and support to autonomy stakeholders both within the US and beyond to safely and efficiently integrate autonomous systems into the national and international infrastructure, thereby increasing commerce and overall public safety and benefit.
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