In February 2022 Wisk Aero announced a collaboration with the City of Long Beach, California through its Long Beach Economic Partnership (LBEP). The two organisations are to create an AAM working group composed of business, local government and community leaders that will focus on evaluating, planning, and implementing AAM in Long Beach, with a focus on autonomous flight. Wisk and LBEP will co-chair the working group for an initial two-year term.
A press release explains, “Over the next two years, the working group will examine four key areas to evaluate the opportunities and impacts that AAM represents for Long Beach. These areas include an analysis of the economic impact and workforce development, community acceptance and outreach, integration of autonomous AAM into city transportation plans, and federal and state government funding opportunities.”
And goes on, “With support from Wisk, LBEP will coordinate the development of an Economic Impact Study that will be conducted by the Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Office of Economic Research. The study will estimate the annual economic impact of AAM operations in Southern California and other regional state economies.”