Drones are now being used throughout the world to transport medical supplies, pizzas and consumer goods, to link COVID-19 testing labs with hospitals and deliver medicines to remote communities. By 2025, say industry experts, the first electrically powered passenger carrying air taxi operations will have been launched. But for local authorities the advent of a new era of smart, green transport systems can represent more of a challenge than an opportunity, as public concerns around safety and the role of local authorities themselves in developing and authorising new urban air mobility (UAM) services have yet to be fully understood.
Andrew Charlton, Director General of global UAM trade association CIVATAglobal, will provide an update on how local authorities around the world are tackling some of these challenges in a webinar taking place on December 3 (11.00am-12.00pm) "Urban Air Mobility The risks and opportunities for Local Authorities" organised by The Voice of Authority. He will explore how aviation regulators, industry and local authorities share responsibility for helping to implement UAM services and some of the lessons learnt so far.
He will join a panel of experts comprising Paul Curtis, Associate Director of Vectos GmbH, Cllr Steve Pearce, Cabinet member for waste, commercialisation and regulatory affairs, Bristol City Council and Yvonne Hills, Client Director, Davitt Jones Bond, in discussing when and how local authorities in the UK can work with partners to mitigate the risk and maximise the potential of this new transport concept.