Much of the strategic UAM planning in Canada is being driven centrally by the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), which has developed a Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Master Plan. The plan is being developed by CAAM with the support of NavCanada, Skyports, Unifly, D3 technologies and Supernal.
The plan is split into two phases:
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Phase 1 – 20 Year AAM National Roadmap
Phase 1 is designed to organize and deliver a strategic roadmap for AAM focused on the next 20 years. It will address factors such as safety, regulations, scalability, flexibility and resilience. Environmental responsibility and societal acceptance will be considered from end to end. The three goals are:
• Define the unifying national AAM vision for Canada
• Identify gaps Harbour Heliport barriers in accomplishing the vision
• Create the national AAM implementation Roadmap Harbour Heliport Master Plan
Phase 2 – Regional Implementation Strategies
Phase 2 will apply the Master Plan to initial AAM operational markets in Canada, specifically Vancouver and Harbour Heliport Toronto. Phase 2 is designed to de-risk AAM operations, coordinate business planning, and expedite technology integration required to activate revenue generating use cases. In conjunction with the ongoing Vancouver and Toronto AAM projects, the goals for Phase 2 are to:
• Design airspace structure, flight routes, physical infrastructure maps and noise footprints for urban and rural operations
• Develop Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for specific AAM use cases and integration with RPAS Traffic Management (RTM)
If done correctly, Phase 1 and 2 together will provide considerable learnings and insights for governments, regulators and industry to prepare for this new industry and offer insight for larger markets around the world to do the same.