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Germany funds research to make Ingolstadt/Manching “the centre of European AAM industry”

The German Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing has agreed the funding of EUR 2.1 million for the “FlyingIN2Air” project researching vertiport operations in Ingolstadt/Manching.

According to a press release:

“To integrate AAM into the intermodal travel chain, a platform is being developed with information on flights, booking and time savings compared to other modes of transport. The results are made available to potential interested parties as recommendations for action for the implementation of an AAM airport as well as a guideline for the integration of all necessary technologies and processes

“In addition to the city of Ingolstadt and the technical university, the project partners are Regionalverkehr Oberbayern GmbH, Airbus Urban Mobility GmbH, Munich Airport International GmbH and AMD Sigma Strategic Airport Development GmbH.

“The region around Ingolstadt and the Airbus site in Manching should become one, if not that (sic) European centre of urban air mobility. The aim is to use research, development and production as well as practical test operations to explore the possibilities of having goods and, later, perhaps people, transported from A to B by unmanned aerial vehicles. This technology is considered one of the key technologies of the 21st century, which is currently being advanced in research centers worldwide. The Ingolstadt region is still at the fore here.”

AMI-FlyingIN2Air is part ofthe framework of the “Innovative Air Mobility” funding guideline, for which the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMDV) will provide a total of 15 million euros until 2023.

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(Image: AMI-FlyingIN2Air” research project partners: (from left) Markus May (Airbus Urban Mobility), Milena Vogel (Munich Airport International), Lisa Wolf (DB Regio), Volker Wissing ( Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport), Olaf Bünck (AMD Sigma), Bastian Walthier (City of Ingolstadt) and Andreas Riener (TH Ingolstadt). Photo: BMVI)

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