Advanced air mobility set to take off

Date published: 9 December 2021

Advanced air mobility aircraft

In collaboration with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Airservices Australia, and the state of Victoria, we have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support advanced air mobility (AAM).

Advanced air mobility refers to emerging aviation technologies, such as electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOL), to move people and cargo.

Acting Branch Manager Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Sharon Marshall-Keeffe says we will work closely with all parties in the MoU to develop an aligned regulatory environment that supports growth and innovation in the AAM sector.

‘We will collaborate with the other agencies to develop a common understanding of what is required to help the AAM industry achieve regulatory readiness,’ Sharon says.

‘With the rapid advancement of AAM technology, it’s important when considering the safety regulatory environment and legislation we identify where future gaps may exist.

‘This will also be a valuable opportunity to further engage with the advanced air mobility sector.’

Sharon says signing the MoU is another step forward as we continue to support the commercial RPAS and AAM industry.

‘In addition to signing the MoU, earlier this year we began a trial of digital airspace authorisations near major airports in Canberra, Adelaide and Perth,’ Sharon says.

‘The trial has been a huge success with more than 200 operators approved and taking part.

‘Working alongside commercial operators to provide regulatory support while maintaining safety standards will be essential as this sector continues to grow’.

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