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FAA seeks industry proposals for research into eVTOL downwash/outwash effects

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a request for white papers for industry to deliver research proposals for Small-Scale Outwash and Downwash Testing for Vertiports for Advanced Air Mobility. White papers submitted under this call are due by close of business on March 3, 2022

According to the FAA research request posted on sam.gov: “A major component that can affect the design parameters of a vertiport’s landing area is the downwash and outwash created by VTOL aircraft while taking off or landing. Unlike traditional helicopter design, VTOL aircraft have multiple rotors appearing in a variety of different configurations. The effect of downwash and outwash in these novel aircraft configurations can impact the size requirements of the safety area surrounding a vertiport’s touchdown and lift off area.

This Call (007) for white papers is being issued in accordance with FAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) 692M15-20-R-00004, which was posted on FAACO.com on December 05, 2019 and last updated on sam.gov on January 26, 2022.

Tender number: 692M15-20-R-00004

Responsible agency: FAA

Deadline: March 3, 2022

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