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Skyportz Showcases Australia’s Frist Vertiport Design

by Mia Yao

Skyportz Showcases Australia’s Frist Vertiport Design

Skyportz unveiled the design of Australia’s first vertiport at the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS) annual Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) summit in Melbourne.

The vertiport, designed in collaboration with engineering and aviation companies including Contreras Earl Architects, to70 aviation, ARUP and Microflite, will be located at Caribbean Park in eastern Melbourne, just outside of the CBD.

The park, according to a senior aviation consultant, is a suitable site with good access and a manageable obstacle environment to service the emerging AAM industry.

“Electric air taxis will be a new era in aviation where clean, green and quiet small aircraft can take people to places they want to go – be it work or leisure. The Caribbean Park vertiport is the first in a network of sites we will establish in advance of the aircraft becoming operational” said Clem Newton-Brown, CEO, Skyportz.

“With the development of a vertiport in a business park we are breaking the nexus between aviation and airports. For this industry to succeed it needs to have policy makers pushing the envelope to support new “mini airports” in locations people want to go”, said Newton-Brown.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in July released a roadmap for the introduction of Advanced Air Mobility to Australia, outlining the regulatory framework for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) over the next ten to 15 years.

Designing and building a model and suburban workplace for future electric air taxi travel requires all parties to incorporate many existing elements and other considerations which are emerging in this industry.

“Vertiports need to be designed to be flexible for the many potential futures,” said Ronan Delaney, Aviation Skills Leader, ARUP. “Passenger experience, baggage handling, security screening, fire engineering, battery charging infrastructure, transport network planning and acoustic or environmental impacts are all examples of what needs to be incorporated into vertiport designs.”

Several electric aircraft developers, including Wisk Aero and Electra, have been assessing opportunities to launch AAM operations in Australia.

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