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Coronavirus fears impact eVTOL events

Measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 have impacted several gatherings related to eVTOL aircraft and urban air mobility (UAM).

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Like many other events, at least two gatherings dedicated to eVTOL aircraft and urban air mobility have been postponed over coronavirus-related concerns. NASA Image

These include the NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility Working Groups kickoff workshop, originally scheduled for March 10-12 in College Park, Maryland, but now postponed. “It was a difficult decision given that over 300 people had registered but the safety and wellbeing of the community is critical to us,” organizers stated, indicating that they would hold a virtual kickoff event instead.

Also postponed is the U.S. Air Force’s Agility Prime launch event, which had been planned for March 14 in Austin, Texas, to coincide with the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and festivals. SXSW was canceled after Austin declared a local disaster for COVID-19, which resulted in the cancellation of the launch event, too.

“Alternative dates are being considered. Please feel free to offer input to shape this upcoming event,” organizers state on the event website, where further updates will be posted.

Meanwhile, Rowan University in New Jersey has canceled two conferences that were scheduled to take place on its campus next week: a UAM 101 workshop organized by the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI), and the Vertical Flight Society’s Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for UAM.

UAM 101, scheduled for the afternoon of March 16, has become an online-only event. Registration for the web conference is still open through CAMI’s website.

The Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, originally planned for March 17 and 18, is being rescheduled for sometime in June, with the exact dates yet to be determined.

Revolution.Aero Europe 2020, also scheduled for March 17 and 18 in London, is likewise being postponed until sometime in June, according to the event website.

Additionally, April’s Airmob Expo in Madrid, Spain, has been rescheduled for June 10 and 11.

The eVTOL Crashworthiness Workshop scheduled for April 7 at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, has been postponed indefinitely, although organizers hope to reschedule for the July or August timeframe.

And, Aéro Montréal’s Aerospace Innovation Forum, originally planned for April 20 and 21 in Montréal, Québec, has been pushed back to December 14 and 15.

This article has been updated with additional event postponements.

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