The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has announced the results of the first European wide study of citizens’ expectations of urban air mobility (UAM).
The study consisted of three parts:
- An on-line quantitative survey that polled 4,000 citizens in six European urban areas (Hamburg, Paris, Barcelona, Milano, Budapest and the Oresund region);
- A survey that consisted of one-hour interviews with more than 40 stakeholders at local, national and European level;
- And a special noise perception survey with 20 participants was conducted.
The study shows that most citizens are in favour of the concept (83%), but local authorities need to establish their own UAM ecosystem. The participants found emergency and medical transport the most valuable use of drones.
Although most citizens support the idea of UAM, the participants expressed concerns about the urban air mobility in the fields of safety, environment and security.
Currently around 12 eVTOL passenger programmes and urban-mission drones are undergoing the EASA certification process. According to the EASA, the first certification of piloted passenger-carrying eVTOLs are expected in 2024.
The full study is available here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/dfu/uam-short-report.pdf