Advanced Air Mobility
Drones are upgrading from surveillance and monitoring purposes to take over air-mobility. Electrified or powered by hydrogen, they bring the opportunity to address Urban Mobility issues such as emissions, road safety, land use, congestion, travel times, and accessibility. The concept of implementing this technology in intercity and intracity transportation of passengers and freight, referred as Urban Air Mobility (UAM) or Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), is rapidly coming into existence. Hence, it is the right time to holistically empower cities to be prepared to implement UAM/AAM. This is what we strive towards at IBG – Planning and piloting infrastructures, driving all the right actors, and exploring the practical implications to UAM/AAM a reality in the right way.
IBG believes that vertical take-off and landing opportunities will change society as we know it. We see global opportunities for this business, given that the necessary infrastructure is developed.
The lower airspace will have to be planned and monitored in the same way as the higher airspace. Municipalities will be responsible for that and IBG has the expertise to become a facilitator for them when implementing such solutions.
We have picked Sweden, as a relatively small but digitalized mature country, as our test market.
The Swedish Air Navigation Services Provider (LFV), Linköping University (LiU) and Independent Business Group (IBG) will plan and conduct a flight with a larger drone that will carry 10 kg of cargo and transport it 50 km from a uncontrolled airspace to controlled airspace.
By defining the concept of operations, systems design and establishing a live demonstration, we at IBG along with our partners are at the forefront of challenging the new UTM and U-Space regulations set by EASA. We work closely with the transport agency and are designing an air corridor between two major cities. As cities are highly involved in planning the air corridors, we have engaged the two municipalities of Norrköping and Linköping to participate in the project. This is the first autonomous intercity Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight conducted in Europe and the project will engage multiple stakeholders (i.e., regulators, municipalities, ANSPs, UTM and eVTOL industry) to work together. IBG facilitates and coordinates this stakeholder engagement in Sweden and the preparations for the demonstration. In addition to that we are asked to take on the role as an operator, that actually flies the eVTOL from a city-based location to a controlled airspace in an airport environment.