Where do we start for enabling Advanced Air Mobility?

There is a popular opinion in industry that the starting point for AAM is for regulatory bodies to take the responsibility of developing regulations. This popular belief also takes on the tone of regulations being a hindrance. However, when we actually look at implementing AAM, at least in a European context, we see that it is possible to work with existing regulations for aviation and transportation. While there is some truth to the popular belief, that regulators and AAM actors must come together to further develop the regulations to make it AAM specific, yet, that is not what we would call a starting point.

The starting point should entail bringing light to questions such as- Where should we fly? How should we fly? How to approve these operations? How can this be implemented on a large scale? How to implement AAM without compromising a sustainable perspective in a societal context? How to complement existing ways in societies? And so much more.
This is best started with a societal perspective in mind. While drone and aviation industry actors are actively involved, there is a lack of collaboration with the public and city planners. They are significant actors who can show us the right ways to plan and implement AAM that can benefit society. Public opinion should be at the forefront of developing systems that address public’s concerns. City planners come with knowledge in city planning that needs to be closely worked with when implementing new transport systems. Therefore, we need to ensure that we don’t just work with a triple helix approach but move towards a quadruple helix approach.

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Aishwarya Raghunatha
PhD student and Project Engineer

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