UK’s RAeS to debate viability, future of urban air mobility

by Michael Willoughby

London’s Royal Aeronautical Society will hold a debate about drone safety and acceptance in October.

The event, titled “Game of Drones – the Rise of eVTOL and Urban Aviation”, will feature a head-to-head between Darrell Swanson, Director, Swanson Aviation Consultancy and Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Director of Research – Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University (pictured).

The RAeS frames the debate in terms of a paradigm shift in aviation: “For over a hundred years, airports and aerodromes have traditionally been the interface between cities and aviation. Departing and arriving aircraft signal their relative proximity, but at a safe enough distance as to not directly affect the urban population,” the event page says.

“eVTOL taxis and vehicles will fundamentally change this paradigm by recasting airborne accessibility to city streets and urban lots. The rise of personalised aviation and the associated proliferation of ubiquitous ‘VertiPorts’ across cities and regions will require broad acceptance in order to succeed, not just within the aviation industry, but throughout the broader community as a whole.

“The RAeS, therefore, seeks to stimulate debate of this exciting technological revolution, addressing its effects on society through the emergence of an urban aviation ecosystem.

“All HQ RAeS lectures are free to attend for both members and non-members. To register, please click the ‘Book Now’ button below. Alternatively, send your name and contact details to to register your place.”

The debate will take place at 4, Hamilton Place, LONDON, W1J 7BQ on 10 October 2019 between 18:00 – 20:00 and entry is free.

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