The first of eight think tanks which will discuss the implementation of Urban Air Mobility in Latin America will take place next week.
Led by Varon Vehicles Corporation and hosted by CEO Felipe Varon and Andres Vejarano, Investor Relations at the company, the one-hour think tank is from 12noon – 1pm EDT on Tuesday, 4th August.
Topics discussed will include UAM Market Opportunity, The Mobility Problem, Advantages of Faster Implementation & Reduced Costs, and Latin America as an Opportunity for Global UAM Stakeholders.
The group of panelists confirmed for this session are Edgar Rivera, Director of Regulations Aerocivil – Colombia; Jake Schultz, Flying Cars Historian; Tamara Bullock of Altitude Strategies, Natalia Barbour, New Mobility DUSP MIT, Michael Dyment of Nexa Capital.
The remaining think tanks will take place on 20th August, 11th September, 17th September, 24th September, 2nd October, 8th October, 14th October.
Other participants confirmed for these sessions, which are all an hour long, include Airbus, Embrarer, GE Aviation, Hyundai, Jaunt Air Mobility, KMPG, RTI and Vertical Flight Society.
Varon Vehicles is developing a very confined and controlled transportation system. It consists of a series of Vertiports connected to each other via well defined and permanent virtual lanes through which our air vehicles will fly, without adding a burden on Air Traffic Control.
Each Vertiport will service a specific area and they will be placed both inside and outside existing urban structures to generate city growth and value without the need for physical mobility infrastructure.
And following the eight think tanks, the company will host a virtual three-day summit, known as Skyscraper™, from 18th – 20th November.
Talking to eVTOLInsights.com about the company’s future plans in our latest podcast, Varon said: “We’re now moving into what we are calling the construction phase in our strategic plan. We are very centric and targeted towards implementation and plan our first system in Latin America – starting in Colombia at a chosen location.
“We’re working with the Colombian authorities and expect the construction phase to last between four to five years, so it’s a very exciting moment for us.”
And commenting on Skyscraper™, he added: “We are now very open to bring and invite all sorts of Urban Air Mobility stakeholders from across the world to join our eco-system. We have a pool of participants that is really broad, from air vehicles OEMs and sub-system manufacturers, to vertiport designers, architect firms and investors.
“We are leading this eco-system not around Urban Air Mobility exactly, but Urban Air Mobility in Latin America, and that’s when the conversations really start to get interesting. We know that the requirements for UAM in this region are radically different to those in the developed world.
“Anyone can join these [Skyscraper™]conversations and the purpose of them is to gather more critical mass in the discussion about Urban Air Mobility in Latin America, to push forward implementation and put into service.”
To register for the think tanks, or to find more information about Skyscraper™, visit https://varonvehicles.com/skyscraper