Timeline: Planned – to be launched within two to five years; funds have been committed and key industry partners identified
Aachen – Maastricht (27km)
Aachen – Liege (48km)
Aachen – Hasselt (70km)
Aachen – Heerlen (19km)
In 2021 NASA and Joby examined the technical and procedural issues to establishing five UAM route within the Dallas area – Development of Near-term Urban Air Mobility Routes and Airspace Integration.
According to the introduction to the report:
“A series of collaborative meetings between NASA and Joby, informed by FAA and DFW airport subject matter experts, spanned several years and developed five use cases for operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW) area. This report describes how UAM aircraft could navigate between vertiports within a region with a high volume of conventional air traffic in the neighboring areas and provides recommendations for introducing UAM operations at DFW. The objective of this effort is to evaluate the extent to which UAM flights are possible in the current National Airspace System and identify whether existing approaches to expanded operations will work for UAM.”
The routes are identified above.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to be an early test location for UAM in 2025, as well as a hub for commercial operations and investment and Uber had targeted Dallas as one of its launch cities in 2019.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments Department of Transportation is a partner in NASA’s AAM Grand Challenge programme and is expected to be an early innovator in this area.
In January 2022 Texas legislators tasked a new State Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Advisory Committee to assess the current state and federal laws and identify any potential changes to the state laws that are needed to facilitate the development of UAM operations and infrastructure across Texas.
Under the initiative SB763, the transportation department has tasked the committee with studying current legislation and identifying any changes required. SB 763 calls for the committee to:
• facilitate in-person or virtual public hearings throughout the state to collect public input, and
• collect written comments through a website, mail, or other means.
The committee must report its finding and recommendations on any changes to state law needed to facilitate UAM development and infrastructure to the commission and legislature by September 2022.