Flight Crowd, the UK-based urban air mobility community, has teamed up with Varon Vehicles to help shape public perception and acceptance of the emerging eVTOL aircraft and urban air mobility markets.
The goal is to help bring its expertise in outreach and educating the general community on the topic of urban air mobility, specifically focusing on the region of Latin America – which is where Varon Vehicles is currently developing its ‘Infrastructure Networks’ and plans to implement the first one in Colombia.
These ‘Infrastructure Networks’ consist of vertiports with virtual lanes over the low altitude skies connecting them, which will be used by eVTOL aircraft.
“Generating the proper public acceptance is paramount at this stage in our nascent industry, and we have the responsibility to plan for it for the coming years”, says Felipe Varon, CEO of Varon Vehicles.
“We need to transmit the correct message to decision makers at many levels, from politicians to zoning officers, from civil aviation authority personnel to communities, about what it is that we’re really doing, why it’s safe and what the values are for socio-economic development. Flight Crowd makes an extremely valuable partner to tackle this purpose as they can bring forth the tools for successful communication and education strategies”.
This latest partnership with Flight Crowd is one of many already signed by Varon Vehicles. Companies which have joined its ecosystem include Jaunt Air Mobility, TruWeather Solutions, Airio, PS&S and Paladin AI.
Flight Crowd aims to both educate and grow the wider public interest in the mobility industry. It recently released the first words in its UAM glossary and in an eVTOL Insights interview, talked about its upcoming UAM ‘Explore’ project.
James Gill, Co-Founder of Flight Crowd, said: “At Flight Crowd we’re committed to advancing the public interest and perception of Urban Air Mobility. In order to do this effectively, we need to develop strong relationships with the key stakeholders in the industry like Varon Vehicles. By doing so we can build a complete picture of the Urban Air Mobility sector, and our sustainable transport future.”
Flight Crowd will continue to bridge the gap between the industry and the public, setting sights more internationally.
Mariya Tarabanovska, Flight Crowd’s Co-Founder added: “Public perception is still one of the biggest barriers to mass-scale UAM implementation. We wish to help address any fears or uncertainties the community may have when it comes to understanding the benefits that future flight industry may bring to Latin America.”
You can read more about Varon Vehicles’ vision for Latin America in an in-depth interview with Felipe Varon by clicking here.