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Skyportz teams up with Microflite to create vertiport on Yarra River heliport site

Australian air taxi infrastructure developer Skyportz has teamed up with helicopter services group Microflite for a concept proposal to replace its existing helipad on the Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD with a new age vertiport facility according to Business News Australia.

“The move follows plans by Microflite, the operator of Melbourne Heliport at Batman Park, to begin transforming its fleet of helicopters with electric aircraft within the next five years when the company expects delivery of the first of the new technology aircraft currently under order” according to Business News Australia.

“The proposed vertiport is the second earmarked by Skyportz for Melbourne which are among a network of 400 sites the company has secured in collaboration with property owners across Australia to accommodate advanced air mobility.

“The Yarra River vertiport proposal was announced this week at the World Air Taxi Congress in San Francisco, with the concept seen as a prototype for inner-city vertiports globally.

“The reality is that waterfront sites provide the safest access for electric air taxis in terms of aviation requirements for clear approach and departure paths” said Clem Newton-Brown, the CEO of Skyportz.

“Waterfront sites are also likely to be one of the few places where land can be found to accommodate terminals and there is also the option for floating landing pads.”

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