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Advanced Air Mobility – Paris Air Show

Focusing on Advanced Air Mobility at the Paris Air Show 2023

This year’s Paris Air Show opened on Monday with the biggest single purchase order agreement in the history of commercial aviation: an amazing 500 (yes, five hundred) A320 Family aircraft for the Indian low-cost airline, IndiGo.

Though that caught everyone’s attention, it relates to the type of aircraft that has been prevalent in the market for some time. At Cascade Engineering, we’re always happy to see the mainstream aircraft industry buoyant and healthy. And our interest is particularly piqued by the news coming from the Paris Air Mobility conference.

The Paris Air Mobility conference is looking into the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector of the industry, a developing sector that holds huge promise for the future, and requires collaboration across lots of stakeholders to realise its true potential.

It is notable that this year’s Paris Air Show has a lot of space in the halls and time on the stage associated to this sector, in recognition of its rapid expansion and future impact.

Advanced Air Mobility

For those new to AAM, this is the name given to a concept that seeks to seamlessly integrate innovative and novel aircraft designs and associated technologies into both mature and developing airspace operations. It includes people and cargo transportation, using vehicles such as electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft and drones.

A great example of this was Tuesday’s announcement that Groupe ADP and Volocopter, working with the French Civil Aviation Authority and Paris Region, have confirmed that plans are on track to launch the first eVTOL aircraft services over Paris in time for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is what can be done by working together toward a common goal and will hopefully inspire similar collaborations elsewhere, at local, national and international levels.

The main objective of AAM is to move people and cargo between places effectively and efficiently, especially in the currently underserved markets where existing platforms cannot provide a safe, cost-effective solution.

It will be interesting to see what further announcements are made during the show and in the coming months.

 

Photo courtesy of Paris Air Show

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