Orlando, Florida, USA has partnered with VHB to convene regional transportation stakeholders to create an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Transportation Plan to prepare for new mobility options, including emerging electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (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.
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