Orlando, Florida

City/Region/State:
Orlando, Florida – USA

Timeline: Planned – to be launched within two to five years; funds have been committed and key industry partners identified

Route(s):
Orlando – Daytona (82km)
Orlando – Fort Myers (218km)
Orlando – Melbourne (91km)
Orlando – Port St Lucie (173km)
Orlando – St Petersburg (150km)
Orlando – Tampa (124km)

Programme description

Under an agreement established in November 2020 with Tavistock Development Company, Lilium is developing a new electric air mobility network in Lake Nona, Florida.

Lilium and Tavistock have partnered with the City of Orlando to deploy the new network, with a location that was selected based on its proximity to Orlando International Airport.

In October 2021 the City of Orlando, Florida, announced it had partnered with VHB to convene regional transportation stakeholders to create an AAM Transportation Plan to prepare for new mobility options, including eVTOL technologies.

According to a city press release:
“The AAM Transportation Plan will evaluate anticipated transportation, economic, environmental and community impacts associated with AAM through a regional connectivity plan. As part of this effort, beginning in September 2021 and lasting for several months, the city is convening transportation agencies, local governments and private stakeholders to discuss regional transportation and environmental challenges and opportunities. The development of the AAM Transportation Plan aligns with Orlando’s vision to become America’s premier Future-Ready City by staying ahead of the city’s opportunities, ensuring the City Beautiful remains a global destination where everyone can thrive.

“The City of Orlando is one of five government entities (and the only municipality) selected to participate in NASA’s new AAM aero-research partnership, an initiative that allows NASA’s aeronautical innovators to work with participating governments to define what it means to be a sustainable, resilient community with AAM as a significant new mode of public transportation. The NASA partnership will continue with a series of workshops through summer of 2022.

“The City of Orlando is working with Tavistock Development Company and Munich-based aviation company Lilium to create America’s first vertiport for a high-speed electric air mobility network. The vertiport will be located in Lake Nona and is expected to launch in 2025 with Lilium’s eVTOL aircraft.”

Partners

eVTOL manufacturer:
Lilium

Local authority partner/client:
City of Orlando

Sources:
www.orlando.gov/Our-Government/Future-Ready-City/Advanced-Air-Mobility