Timeline: Planned – to be launched within two to five years; funds have been committed and key industry partners identified
Brisbane city centre – Olympic Park (6 km)
Great Barrier Reef tourism routes
Skyportz is planning to build a series of vertiports to take visitors from the city centre to the Olympic Village for the 2032 Olympic Games, establishing a Moreton Bay air taxi hub. The hub would be part of the planned Australian Advanced Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, to be constructed in the Moreton Bay council area by 2023.
In parallel, UAM facilitator consortium Greenbird is building an industry collaboration platform to bring together UAM players and engaging with government to develop commercial eVTOL operations for the Olympic Games. According to press reports Greenbird is initially focused on establishing UAM/AAM operations in Queensland in time for the Olympics, with a view to expand throughout the country.
Founding Greenbird partners comprise eVTOL ground infrastructure specialist Skyports; Australian eVTOL developer AMSL Aero which has designed and developed the Vertiia electric battery and hydrogen-powered aircraft; Queensland-based helicopter operator Nautilus Aviation, which has an order for 10 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft; specialist helicopter operator Aviator Group; Queensland’s Archerfield Airport and Griffith University; clean energy company H2 Energy Company (h2ec); engineering consultancy AvLogix Solutions; and uncrewed systems management platform FlyFreely.
In June 2022 Wisk Aero signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Mayor, which will see the two organizations “working together to introduce a safe, sustainable, and scalable, autonomous air taxi service to South East Queensland.”
Wisk intends for its presence in Queensland to be “long-term, and will be working with local government toward providing the city with green tourism and transport options. The company will also be displaying its 5th generation aircraft in Brisbane in July.”
Lord Mayor Cr Adrian Schrinner, said: “Council of Mayors kickstarted our Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games journey because we knew it would attract global businesses and innovative industries to our region, bringing with it new jobs and new economic opportunities. On the back of the Brisbane 2032 Games, we’re delighted to be working with Wisk to look at how South East Queensland can capitalise off the new jobs and economic opportunities associated with this new and exciting industry. We expect to see the emergence of advanced air technology in places like Paris and Los Angeles, and by 2032 I’d love to see it supporting new and innovative experiences for tourism and travel in South East Queensland.”
In December 2021 Eve and Nautilus Aviation, a division of Morris Group and Northern Australia’s largest helicopter operator, announced a collaboration to develop the UAM ecosystem in Australia. The partnership will see the introduction of Eve’s eVTOL Aircraft serving various Queensland’s tourism attractions including the Great Barrier Reef. As part of this agreement, Nautilus has ordered up to 10 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft, with fights taking off over the Great Barrier Reef by 2026.
UAM/AAM aircraft operator:
UAM/AAM aircraft charging and power supplies:
H2 Energy Company
All active programmes in Australia
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