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Australia: Canberra outlines its vision for eVTOLS and drones

By Chris Stonor

Drones, advanced air mobility (AAM) and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles are at the heart of Canberra’s new National Emerging Aviation Technologies (NEAT) Policy Statement, reports

Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development said this week that the government “wants to help Australia remain at the forefront of development and adoption of emerging aviation technologies.”

Michael McCormack

Buoyed by the success of the Wing drone delivery trials (read previous article), he continued, “Growth in the use of drones and eVTOL in Australia is estimated to support more than 5,000 jobs and a AUD14.5 billion increase in GDP over the next 20 years, of which AUD4.4 billion would be in regional areas across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.”

He went on to say, “As part of the NEAT Policy, the Government is investing AUD35.7 million to establish the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships program, including a Drone Rule Management System and Drone Detection Network.”

The Deputy Prime Minister explained the program would establish strategic partnerships with industry to support aviation manufacturing jobs and encourage adoption of emerging aviation technologies to address community needs, particularly in regional Australia.

He added, “These partnerships will trial new service delivery models, such as using AAM to create regional passenger and cargo links, providing benefit for regional communities and their economies while also increasing business efficiency, and reducing carbon emissions through new technology.”

And concluded, “We are in a unique position as a nation to grasp the benefits of drones with both hands, to further bolster our economy, create jobs, support service delivery and back stronger communities.”

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