Emerging markets to lead the way into electric flight.
With now more than 200 electric and hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concepts currently in development around the world, public attention has shifted from the feasibility of the eVTOL concept to its future certification, testing, and application in real life. Often referred to as “passenger drones”, eVTOL vehicles are considered “disruptive” as their attractive operating cost, high safety standards, and eco-friendly approach are meant to revolutionize flying. Accordingly, they are of interest to a number of sectors, of which passenger transportation — or aerial mobility — constitutes the most anticipated launch: the one meant to bring private aviation even closer to the end-user.
***Editor’s Note: This guest post is authored by Paul Malicki, CEO of Flapper .
What is Aerial Mobility Anyway?
Remember The Jetsons? Produced first in the early 1960s, the cartoon series envisioned a fairly advanced version of what we would refer to as “the aerial mobility system”. The Jetsons’ semi-autonomous air pad (sitting four, plus a dog) could take off from hundreds of vertiports and loop through specially designed aerial traffic corridors, most likely overseen by the numerous command centers which appeared in the series. If all those terms sound complicated, consider that The Jetsons was set exactly 100 years into the future, which corresponds to the year 2062 — within the lifetime of myself among other millennials.
Rewind back to 2019 and Jetsons-like airborne automobiles and highways have yet to formally launch. Yet, […]