Update: As of March 10, both the UAM 101 and eVTOL Infrastructure workshops had been impacted by coronavirus-related developments. Organizers announced that UAM 101 would become a virtual-only event, while the eVTOL Infrastructure workshop is being postponed until June.
Two co-located workshops at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, in March will cater to both novices and experts in the fast-growing field of urban air mobility (UAM).
On March 16, the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) will host “UAM 101,” a four-hour introduction to the historical context and potential of UAM. Specifically targeted at state and local decision-makers, the workshop will cover such topics as legal and liability considerations, where the areas of responsibility fall between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local authorities, and basic infrastructure requirements.
The workshop will also provide a template for local government and industry collaborations. According to CAMI, “anyone involved at the state and municipal level in transportation planning who is curious about what urban air mobility is and how it could serve their community’s transportation needs is encouraged to attend.”
UAM 101 will be followed on March 17 and 18 by the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS’s) Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for UAM, the second in a series of “solution-focused workshops on defining challenges for eVTOL aircraft.”
According to VFS, this will be a “deeper dive” into specific issues associated with eVTOL/UAM infrastructure. The workshop aims to identify frameworks for understanding infrastructure development risks, identify current gaps in industry best practice data for new enabling technology, and connect risk assessment frameworks through infrastructure design to operational considerations.
Another objective of the workshop is to build upon existing heliport safety data, air traffic management practices, and existing rotorcraft safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration could be valuable in accelerating eVTOL/UAM adoption. Attendees will also have the option of touring the FAA Technical Center at the Atlantic City Airport on March 19.
Attendance is limited and registration for both events is now open. Those interested in attending UAM 101 should register on the CAMI website, while registration for the Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure is available on the VFS website.