Wisk and Boeing released UAM operational roadmap

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Boeing and Wisk have released a concept of operations overview for introducing urban air mobility (UAM) services like air taxis to lower-level airspace.

The roadmap lays out a broad, often overlapping array of details for providing safe, affordable, and efficient UAM services flown by the kind of craft Wisk is developing with the financial backing of Boeing and Kitty Hawk.

“We’re working to enable a future of aerospace that is safe, sustainable and at scale,” said Brian Yutko, vice president and chief engineer of sustainability and future mobility at Boeing, which last January upped its stake in UAM development with an additional $450 million infusion to Wisk. “Uncrewed operations will be fundamental to realizing that vision, and we have to exceed the current safety standards for the air transportation system.” 

The Wisk-Boeing plan also details a sequential evolution of UAM operations and systems as services and technologies mature. Procedures applying to current and near-term activity are largely based on existing rules requiring onboard pilots to use visual and craft instruments for navigation while interacting with ATM controllers. 

The mid-term phase, by contrast, marks the pivot to generally autonomous flight along fixed routes – somewhat like buses – while being monitored by backup ground supervisors. In the far-term future, virtually all aspects of UAM and drone deliveries would be automated, with takeoffs, aerial transport, and landings occurring according to fixed schedules.

Find out more: https://wisk.aero/news/press-release/uam-conops/

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