Seven new member organizations joined the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) the group announced earlier this week, including eVTOL developers, local government agencies, and consultancies relevant to the emerging ecosystem around urban air mobility.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation, known to be working with Archer and other local entities toward roll-out of air taxi services in 2024, joined CAMI, as well as the city of San Jose. Global design and architecture advisory Arup is a new member, as is consultancy HMMH, which contributed to recent environmental impact studies released by the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium — another new member.
Helicopter Association International, too, joined CAMI, as the industry group rebrands to represent a broader array of actors in low-altitude airspace. Wisk, the joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing developing fully autonomous eVTOL aircraft, is a new member as well, bringing CAMI’s total membership to 20 organizations.
In the last few weeks, CAMI also launched the second cohort of its Urban Air Policy Collaborative, in which local and regional policymakers participate in a months-long series of presentations and workshops to understand and tackle issues related to eVTOLs and advanced air mobility (AAM).
“We received a really positive response to the first cohort we ran last fall, with the participants indicating they wanted more frequent engagement and a deeper curriculum,” CAMI co-founder Yolanka Wulff told eVTOL.com. “So we developed that, and the second cohort will meet every other week for five months, including presentations and guest speakers plus breakout groups and workshops where the members can figure out how they want to tackle some of these problems — everything from vertiport siting to supporting communities’ equity and climate goals.”
Jurisdictions are being approached by various industry actors, Wulff said, and are looking for a broader understanding of what AAM is and could mean for their community, ideally from an objective vantage point, which CAMI seeks to provide. Through the collaborative cohort process — limited to employees of local, city, state, and tribal governments — policymakers are able to gain a nuanced understanding of the technology and business models involved while exploring thorny governance issues.
“One of the big hurdles here is that every community is different,” Wulff said. “If we can collectively develop model policies and best practices to get to a great starting point for communities, that can then be modified to suit their needs, that would be helpful to regulators, communities, and OEMs alike.”