Wisk is making final preparations for its transport trial in New Zealand, which will help advance autonomous eVTOL passenger transport under the Government’s broader Airspace Integration Trial Programme (AITP).

In February 2020, Wisk signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Government to establish the Transport Trial under the broader AITP.

Since then, both parties have been undertaking detailed planning of a highly structured and integrated programme, with implementation of the trial expected to start in the second half of 2021. 

Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk, said: “Wisk has always seen the distinct advantages of New Zealand, including the country’s globally respected Civil Aviation Authority and flexibility for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

“These factors, combined with the advantages of testing and operating in a relatively uncongested airspace and the innovative culture of early adoption, makes New Zealand uniquely positioned as a leader for autonomous UAM integration trials.”

Additionally, Wisk is bringing Insitu Pacific into the programme to support the trial. The Boeing subsidiary delivers unmanned aerial system (UAS) company to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Through this partnership, Wisk will combine its leadership of autonomous flight operations and the advanced technology and expertise of Boeing to deliver on the passenger trial objective: to safely evaluate, test, and demonstrate the integration of unmanned aircraft into existing airspace.

“New Zealand presents a unique opportunity and we are immensely proud to have been recognized by the New Zealand Government as the first airspace integration industry partner,” added Anna Kominik, Asia Pacific Region Director for Wisk.

“New Zealand’s focus on decarbonising its economy as part of the electric transport evolution directly aligns with Wisk’s mission to deliver safe, everyday flight for everyone through effective, accessible and sustainable urban air mobility solutions.”

For more information on the New Zealand Government’s Airspace Integration Trials Programme, click here.