White papers will address the six UAM/AAM existential challenges
In the evolving urban air mobility (UAM)/advanced air mobility (AAM) eco-system there are six major roadblock challenges with the potential to seriously slow or derail the industry.
There are probably many more but these six currently offer the
largest potential existential threat. Three of these involve broadly aviation engineering issues (thus quantifiable at some stage), but three are far less easy to understand. And of these three, it is the local authority competence, willingness and permission to fly that the UAM industry now seriously needs to address.
The six UAM/AAM existential challenges
1. Aviation safety regulators certifying manufacturers’ products (airframe/propulsion system/energy storage/flight management/environmental performance etc)
2. Aviation regulators certifying operators’ operations (safety management systems and plans, maintenance, C2 link, battery storage etc)
3. Aviation regulators certifying third-party eco-systems: communications networks, UTM system, vertiports, met systems etc
4. Local authority competency, willingness and permissions - underpinned by risk acceptance and insurance
5. Public acceptance
There have already been cases of local authorities banning drones on the basis of environmental and safety concerns. More pushback should be expected, especially from local government officials who fear they could be held personally responsible in case of accidents or from authorities who have not been able to quantify the insurance costs to protect their citizens and buildings from a risk which cannot be properly defined.
CIVATAglobal will be developing a series of white papers which will address these issues. The first will appear in the next few weeks.