The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched a digital space for the exchange of information on air taxis and drones.
“This will create transparency and thus reassure citizens that their concerns about the introduction of these services in Europe’s cities are being fully addressed,” said the agency.
“Today’s launch is the first step in connecting the many new aviation partners who have a stake in Innovative Air Mobility,” said EASA Acting Executive Director Luc Tytgat. “We want to demonstrate to citizens that Europe and EASA are putting everything in place to ensure a safe and sustainable introduction of these new aircraft. They will be able to find out how these services will work and gain reassurance on matters such as noise level and safety.”
The first version of the Innovative Air Mobility (IAM) Hub enables cities, regions, national authorities, operators, and manufacturers who have a role in the introduction of these air taxi and drone services to connect. They can then share and obtain reliable information and data.
This will be published on the EASA website in a new domain area “Drones and Air Mobility”. This domain also contains comprehensive information on how these services will work. The project is funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament. It is Flagship Action Number 7 of the European Commission Drone Strategy 2.0. to enable a smart and sustainable EU drones market.
Ville Lehmuskoski, City of Helsinki Executive Director of the Urban Environment Division said: “Space is the most limited resource in cities. With airspace, we can use an extra dimension, which is why drones and Innovative Air Mobility have great potential for smart cities. We want to ensure that these Innovations are benefiting our city and citizens. Through the IAM Hub, we are working with EASA and all stakeholders to achieve this.”
Director General of ENAC – Italian CAA – Alessio Quaranta said: “It is important to develop this new sector throughout the European Union in a coordinated and interoperable manner. The launch of the IAM Hub platform is one of the steps in this direction, resulting from the commitment and joint effort of the European Institutions and the Member States, with the aim of involving citizens and stakeholders in the developments and new possibilities provided by innovative air mobility services, which will allow an increase in the connectivity of territories and services contributing to the realisation of dual green and digital transition.”
Volocopter Chief Risk and Certification Officer, Oliver Reinhardt said: “Public acceptance is key to bringing a new form of safe, quiet, and emission-free mobility to cities around the world. This can only be reached by entering into an open and honest dialogue with all relevant and affected parties, and by demonstrating the benefits of electric air taxis. As an aircraft developer we have and continue to show public test flights to further enhance the general understanding of this new technology. We fully support EASA’s effort to connect all UAM participants to provide transparency and generate awareness with citizens and stakeholders. As Volocopter, we will ensure to share new relevant data with the regulator to further this endeavour, especially after commercial launch.”
Bobby Healy, CEO of Manna said: “As our industry grows, transparency, communications and education are key, and the IAM Hub is the engine for it all. We are proud to have played our part in making it a reality, and look forward to doing our part to mitigate the climate crisis, creating jobs, and making suburban living better across Europe.”
The IAM Hub, through which information is shared, is a portal that requires registration. Municipalities and manufacturers who wish to do so can register in the restricted area.