Atkins to assess plans for electric air…

Atkins to assess plans for electric air taxis in South West England, with Bristol airport involved
2021-01-27 12:22:00
Atkins will work with Vertical Aerospace and the West of England Combined Authority to assess the feasibility of introducing electric air taxis in the area.  The project was awarded partial funding of £2.5 million through the government’s Future of Flight Challenge, “which was created to find innovative methods of achieving greener air transport, finding new ways to travel, increasing mobility, improving connectivity and reducing congestion.”  The feasibility study is expected to take 18 months, and will involve an assessment of the demand for air taxi services in the South West; development of use cases for the technology; and evaluate the integration and impact on the wider transportation network, including the region’s airports, as well as the benefits to cities and residents.  It will establish viable markets and businesses cases for these services and seek to understand public perceptions and attitudes to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.” One of the British Government’s innovation agencies, Connected Places Catapult, will lead the research into public perception of air taxis, demand etc.  Bristol Airport will be acting as the principal support airport.  .Tweet Atkins to assess plans for electric air taxis in South West England 27 JAN, 2021 BY ROB HORGAN (New Civil Engineer) Trials could begin as early as 2023, following the award of a £2.5M grant from government to assess the plans. Image from  https://www.vertical-aerospace.com/va-1x/ Atkins will work with Vertical Aerospace and the West of England Combined Authority to assess the feasibility of introducing electric air taxis in the area. The project was awarded partial funding through the government’s Future of Flight Challenge, which was created to find innovative methods of achieving greener air transport, finding new ways to travel, increasing mobility, improving connectivity and reducing congestion. The feasibility study is expected to take 18 months, and will involve an assessment of the demand for air taxi services in the South West; development of use cases for the technology; and evaluate the integration and impact on the wider transportation network, including the region’s airports, as well as the benefits to cities and residents. It will establish viable markets and businesses cases for these services and seek to understand public perceptions and attitudes to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Atkins advanced air mobility lead James Richmond said: “As we look to the future of travel, it’s now more important than ever that we begin exploring more sustainable methods of transport within our increasingly populated cities. “Bringing together the experience and expertise from across the consortium, we’re excited to begin developing a fully integrated system concept, using the latest digital innovations. This an important and tangible step towards making Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) a reality, and by demonstrating that we can provide a case for air taxis, we could begin trialling these services as early as 2023.” Other consortium members include Altitude Angel, AirXOS (part of GE Aviation) and air navigation services provider NATS, which will

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