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Skyportz releases new images of Brisbane vertiport concepts

Skyportz has released new images for riverfront vertiport concepts on the Brisbane River at the annual Advanced Air Mobility summit on the Gold Coast recently.

“With the Olympic Games set to be hosted by Brisbane in 2032 and strong support from all levels of government to develop Advanced Air Mobility, the region is shaping up as an Australian launch market for air taxis,” according to the Australian vertiport company.

“At Skyportz we believe that the lowest hanging fruit for retrofitting vertiports into urban areas are natural aviation corridors such as rivers’, said CEO, Clem Newton-Brown. “While there are a small number of cities around the world that have developed rooftop helipads, they are not the easiest places to safely land aircraft. There are usually better options, particularly in waterfront cities”.

Vertiport designs were produced with Contreras Earl Architecture, in collaboration with UK firm Pascall+Watson and with Minmud doing the renders. “We keep coming back to waterfront locations as being the safest and most logical place to instal new vertiports in large cities”, said Newton-Brown.

In his presentation to the summit Newton Brown identified the following benefits of waterfront vertiports;

  • Access to sites that are scarce in urban environments.
  • Government leases rather than purchasing expensive land.
  • Clear approach and departure paths above the water.
  • Little chance of losing aviation corridors due to subsequent development.
  • Less wind turbulence compared to central CBD.
  • More predictable airflows.

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