Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, North Carolina – USA

Timeline: Intended – an outline vision has been agreed

Programme description

In November 2021, the North Carolina General Assembly awarded AeroX a USD5 million grant to design and develop an urban advanced air mobility system in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina. AeroX is a nonprofit organization of business, government and community partners focused on facilitating the safe and efficient commercialization of these UAS technologies in Forsyth County.

According to a company press release: “It aims to capitalize on North Carolina’s prominence as a UAS innovation leader by creating a national model ecosystem for advanced air mobility (AAM), a testbed for pioneering companies seeking to leverage these emerging technologies to grow their companies. Forsyth County is well positioned to achieve this goal. Routine commercial drone deliveries are already under way in the county by UPS Flight Forward, which is delivering medical packages across the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center campus. Novant Health, which is conducting AAM operations in North Carolina, provides guidance as a member of the AeroX board. Smith Reynolds Airport is a Federal Aviation Administration-designated national airport ideal for testing AAM solutions. Local business support organizations are available to provide technical assistance to help companies in the sector startup and grow.

The NCGA grant will allow AeroX to take a major step forward toward building the air traffic management system that will allow unmanned and manned aircraft to fly safely in the low-altitude air space (below 400 feet) in which UAS operate.”