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Saudi Arabia launches Advanced Air Mobility roadmap, with timelines for evolution

The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) is Saudi Arabia has launched the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Saudi Arabia initiative, “an ambitious roadmap to make the Saudi air transport sector the safest and most developed in the Middle East region,” according to GACA.

The high level vision document is available on the GACA website.

“This includes a wide range of innovative solutions ranging from small unmanned aircraft to aircraft with vertical take-off and landing,” said GACA. “These technologies will be able to provide safe, sound, sustainable and faster means of transport for people and goods, characterized by high technical capabilities that contribute to alleviating congestion on the roads and facilitating easy access to remote areas in the country, and thus contributing to achieving overall economic and social development.

“Capt. Sulaiman Al-Muhaymedi, executive vice president of GACA for aviation safety and environmental sustainability, said the AAM initiative in Saudi Arabia includes the steps that must be taken to draw a comprehensive road map that places AAM at the forefront of the aviation industry. The AAM is transforming the future of the transportation sector, offering innovative solutions, from small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

“He stated that these developments contribute to revolutionizing the movement of passengers, transportation of goods, emergency response, medical evacuation, and disaster relief. He drew attention to environmental sustainability, in addition to the initiative’s inclusion of the foundations for building a successful system for advanced air transport.

Al-Muhaymedi indicated that tests were conducted in the Kingdom that included diverse terrain and multiple climatic conditions, which resulted in positive results that can be achieved in various transportation sectors thanks to reliance on advanced air transport, such as reducing traffic congestion and road accidents, as well as contributing to the Kingdom’s achievement of net zero carbon emissions by 2060.

For more information

https://gaca.gov.sa/web/en-gb/page/home

https://gaca.gov.sa/web/en-gb/news/24-jan-2024

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