Air mobility implementation plan introduced to detail process for aerial vehicle companies to gain approval for flights

Chuck Martin, Editorial Director AI & IoT

July 19, 2023

1 Min Read
Aerial vehicles may be commonplace as soon as 2028
Aerial vehicles may be commonplace as soon as 2028Getty

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set 2028 as the timeframe for aerial vehicles such as air taxis to be traveling to and from destinations.

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Implementation Plan introduced by the FAA this week details the steps and processes for aerial vehicle operations to be regulated and certified.

The FAA defines AAM as “an emerging aviation ecosystem that leverages new aircraft and an array of innovative technologies. The scope of AAM is limited to those engaging in passenger-carrying or cargo operations with a pilot on board.”

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FAA created Innovate28, “a joint government and industry initiative that will culminate in integrated AAM operations at one or more key site locations by the 2028 timeframe.”

The 40-page document says in the approval process the FAA will be considering the aircraft itself, the framework for operations, access to the airspace, operator training, infrastructure development, environmental impacts and community engagement.

“AAM aircraft will be authorized for piloted operations and will transport passengers and/or cargo within the limits of the aircraft and certification regulations,” states the FAA plan. “The aircraft are expected to range in size from single passenger to larger occupancy shuttles, and employ new means of propulsion (e.g., electric motors, hydrogen fuel, hybrid designs)."

The FAA recently granted several airworthiness certificates for companies including ASKA and Alef Aeronautics to conduct test flights carrying either cargo or people.

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About the Author(s)

Chuck Martin

Editorial Director AI & IoT

Chuck Martin, author of "Flying Vehicles," New York Times Business Bestselling author and futurist, is Editorial Director at Informa Tech, home of AI Business, IoT World Today and Enter Quantum. Martin has been a leader in emerging digital technologies for more than two decades. He is considered one of the foremost emerging technology experts in the world and his latest book title "Flying Vehicles" (The Emergence of Personal Air Travel, Flying Cars, and Air Taxis) followed "Digital Transformation 3.0" (The New Business-to-Consumer Connections of The Internet of Things).  He hosts a worldwide podcast titled “The Voices of the Internet of Things with Chuck Martin,” where he converses with top executives from the companies driving the adoption of emerging technology.

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