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NASA helicopter tests set stage for AAM National Campaign

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NASA is moving on to the next phase of Integrated Dry Run tests for its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign, having completed the first phase of tests in early December using a Bell OH-58C Kiowa helicopter as a stand-in AAM vehicle.

According to Starr Ginn, AAM National Campaign lead, initial dry run testing at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, provided pilot feedback on urban air mobility approach procedures and helipad markings that will support research flight tests. The final round of dry run testing will collect even more flight characteristics data and finalize development of the National Campaign flight test infrastructure.

Developmental testing with Joby Aviation's eVTOL prototype is planned for Spring 2021, with the first National Campaign demonstrations, NC-1, anticipated in 2022.

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