Guide to integrating autonomous air taxis into the national airspace system
Wisk Aero, a California-based manufacturer of passenger-grade air taxis, has joined forces with UK vertiport developer Skyports to explore how autonomous eVTOL operations can be safely integrated into the national airspace system (NAS). The two firms have released a novel Concept of Operations (ConOps) that outlines the upgrades, retrofits, and procedure changes that will be required for the safe transport of passengers in an autonomous eVTOL aircraft.
Though Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) services are expected to launch with piloted vehicles first, there’s broad consensus in the eVTOL industry that autonomy will play a critical role in both scaling operations and making AAM affordable for the masses.
But while the development of aircraft and associated technology has received significant attention from many players, the same cannot be said for operational considerations for infrastructure and other ecosystem elements.
As such, the Wisk-Skyports partnership is…