Italy’s First Vertiport – DRONELIFE


Italy's first vertiportFirst Vertiport in Italy Deployed at Fiumicino Airport

by DRONELIFE Workers Author Ian M Crosby

This morning, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Volocopter, UrbanV, and Atlantia accomplished Italy’s first crewed eVTOL public check flight throughout the presentation of the nation’s first superior air mobility (AAM) testing vertiport.

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A 12 months prior, the primary eVTOL prototype was displayed in Italy. Since that preliminary showcase, main developments have been made in flight know-how, vertiport design, and the mandatory laws to permit the primary AAM companies between Fiumicino Airport and the town of Rome in 2024.

Volocopter’s check pilot flew the electrical Volocopter 2X for five minutes at 40 km/h whereas 40 meters within the air, maneuvering in a determine 8 sample. The check flight had secured all of the required clearances from Italian authorities, the civil aviation authority (Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile – ENAC), and the supplier of air visitors management companies (Ente Nazionale Assistenza al Volo – ENAV). Developed for speedy, emission-free passenger flights inside city environments, Volocopter’s electrical air taxi displays Atlantia’s and Aeroporti di Roma’s purpose of creating the way forward for aviation extra revolutionary and sustainable.

After the check flight, UrbanV hosted a vertiport demonstration. Inbuilt compliance with the European Union Aviation Security Company’s (EASA) “Prototype Technical Specs for the Design of VFR Vertiports for Operation with Manned VTOL-Succesful Plane Licensed within the Enhanced Class,” the vertiport occupies the regulatory sandbox permitted by ENAC. Made to host a wide range of assessments for flight and floor operations, it consists of an electrical system for testing a variety of eVTOL charging applied sciences. Taking over roughly 5,500 sq. meters, the vertiport’s infrastructure was sized to ensure compatibility with the first eVTOLs to be licensed within the coming years. It incorporates a last method and takeoff space (FATO) for touchdown and takeoff operations, a parking space, a coated hangar measuring 20 x 20 x 6 meters, and several other rooms, together with an workplace, a warehouse, and a battery charging space.

Additionally on show was VoloIQ, the digital platform serving because the cornerstone of the city air mobility ecosystem. VoloIQ manages a variety of operations, from flight operations to reserving and past, and will probably be helping the scaling of UAM/AAM operations in cities worldwide along with the bodily infrastructure (vertiports) and digital ecosystem.

“One of many pillars of Atlantia’s new industrial technique is funding in know-how and innovation to make our belongings more and more sustainable and to open up new types of built-in mobility,” mentioned Atlantia Chairman Giampiero Massolo. “We’re happy to have helped to deliver collectively quite a few corporations by which we’re shareholders. By working collectively and contributing to a variety of various experience and areas of excellence, we’re creating a brand new type of sustainable mobility that didn’t exist till a couple of months in the past. By collaborating with the associated establishments, we goal to open up the service to the general public at Fiumicino, earlier than extending it to the opposite airports by which we have now invested by 2024”.

“Right this moment’s occasion represents a big milestone in our path as pioneers in testing and implementing Superior Air Mobility in Italy, and in enjoying our half in making city transports more and more sustainable and seamless,” mentioned Aeroporti di Roma CEO Marco Troncone. “The opening of the primary vertiport in Italy and the primary crewed eVTOL flight signify a outstanding step in direction of the activation of the primary AAM routes between Fiumicino airport and Rome metropolis centre by the tip of 2024, forward of the Jubilee, to supply our contribution to our metropolis and our establishments in welcoming the worldwide vacationer flows with a ground-breaking, revolutionary service.”

“We’ve come from a signed partnership settlement and occasion sequence kickoff to a flight check at an operational airport in rather less than a 12 months,” mentioned Volocopter CFO and Interim CFO Christian Bauer “With that, we’re bringing collectively all the important thing stakeholders and regulators to witness this mobility service and know-how with their very own eyes.”

“This check vertiport is especially vital for UrbanV, representing our first step in direction of establishing a community of vertiports within the Rome area,” added UrbanV CEO Carlo Tursi. “In shut synergy with all of our companions on this new mobility ecosystem, we’re making progress in direction of positioning Rome as one of many first European cities to supply seamless connections with electrical plane, leveraging the experience we have now developed in designing and constructing floor infrastructure for superior air mobility.”

Just lately, a sequence of research by EASA and the McKinsey Middle for Future Mobility discovered that the anticipated market dimension of UAM in Europe – together with R&D, car manufacturing, operations, and infrastructure building – will probably be roughly €4.2 billion by 2030, with the potential to generate or preserve about 90,000 jobs by the identical 12 months (excluding manufacturing jobs). Moreover, the research ranked Rome as one in all Italy’s most fitted cities for the implementation of UAM/AAM companies.

The occasion’s second day will proceed with a deeper exploration of market views for financial stakeholders, AAM ecosystem elements, the regulatory framework vital for the sector’s launch, and the possibility for extra companions to return on board. By gathering these decision-making teams in a single location, Atlantia, ADR, Volocopter, and UrbanV are laying the groundwork for the mandatory collaborations and flight campaigns for a profitable UAM launch inside the subsequent three years.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he acquired a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in know-how, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a employees author.



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