All UAS leaders must work together to coordinate the structure that will ensure the security, success, and scalability of drone cargo and air taxi operations. In order to establish norms for weather forecasting, identify designated UAM/drone routes, build efficient Cooperative Operative Practices, and more, public and private partners are collaborating.
The process of creating this framework is well under progress. Air taxis and other AAM vehicles will be integrated into the National Airspace by 2028, according to a recent FAA plan. The plan asks for communication and cooperation between government agencies, and it addresses security, environmental, and noise concerns related to AAM. It also includes guidelines for flights within recognized flight paths connecting heliports and airports.
In the US and other countries, attempts are being made at the same time to define air taxi and cargo drone operations. A 50-mile flying corridor was established in New York State in 2022 for testing “platforms, systems, concepts of operation, and other capabilities on drones up to 300 pounds.” Additionally, recent studies from India, Israel, Europe, and Brazil have demonstrated the rapid advancement of ecosystems for air taxis and cargo drones.
Many people in the drone sector are still unsure of how this framework will finally appear despite all of these efforts. Will it be built piece by piece or in a more planned, comprehensive way? And what shape will the final structure take? Where will air taxis and huge cargo drones take flight and land? How are drone corridors going to be maintained and defined? What procedures will be followed to manage air traffic, schedule flights, and ensure the security of people and property?
All public and private supporters of air cabs and cargo drones who want to expand and sustain their operations can attend sessions at Commercial UAV Expo in September that address these issues and provide helpful guidance. The “People, Process and Policy for Drone, Cargo and Air Taxi Operations” session will bring together top professionals from the UAS industry on September 6 as part of the larger “Advanced Airspace Summit” to discuss all facets of creating the framework, including drone corridor development, adhering to regulations, and more.
Dawn Zoldi, CEO of P3 Tech Consulting, who will be on the panel, stated that “industry participation in this process to build out the AAM framework is crucial.” “This session will feature some of the leading business figures in the field. Everyone will have the chance to hear from the experts who are collaborating with the FAA, NASA, DOD, other commercial partners, and themselves to shape the future of advanced aviation.
Ed De Reyes, the chairman and CEO of Sabrewing Aircraft, and other business titans will participate in the discussion with Zoldi. These AAM insiders will utilize examples from the industry to demonstrate the current state of developing practical frameworks for drone freight and air taxi operations.