Building upon its inaugural conference in February 2020, the Ohio Air Mobility Symposium has announced its first webinar series will take place on Wednesday, July 14th.

Entitled ‘Ohio’s Air Transportation Revolution’, the first two-hour session from 1.30pm-3.30pm ET is called ‘Charting a Path towards Integrating Advanced Aviation Solutions in the Community’.

It will feature panellists from academia, state and local government, airport planning and industry, who will discuss how the state is well positioned to design and deploy advanced air mobility solutions and capitalise on the economic benefits of the growing ecosystem.

Confirmed to speak at the event includes Yolanka Wulff, Co-Executive Director of the Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI), Adrienne Lindgren of Hyundai Urban Air Mobility, Fred Judson of Ohio’s Department of Transportation’s UAS Centre and. Dr. Amber Woodburn McNair from Ohio State University.

Primary focus

Setting the roadmap and strategy

Building cohesion amongst partners and Ohio industry

Drawing in new members of air mobility industry

Explaining how AAM will change transportation on a fundamental level

Informing the public of the rapid growth of air mobility and milestones

Gaining get public acceptance behind the initiatives & focuses

Secondary Focus

How air mobility changes the transportation landscape

State & local partnership teams

Infrastructure teams

Societal benefits

Major public perception challenges

AAM is not just passenger & private services

Make it a pitch to the public

We’re in the early stages of understanding this and want to engage customers

Publicly minded communication exercise

Should be Ohio and transportation focus

According to a new report by Crown Consulting, Ohio can expect more than $13 billion in economic activity over the next 25 years if it takes targeted steps to support the growth of an advanced autonomous aircraft sector.

The state is one of the busier states in the USA when it comes to advanced air mobility. A groundbreaking ceremony to build an urban air mobility simulator at Springfield-Beckley Airport took place in December 2020 during AFWERX Accelerate, which included BETA Technologies and Joby Aviation.

Discussions are also in place with the city of Hillwood, Ghostwave, and Parallex Advanced Research to integrate AAM sensing technologies into LIFT Aircraft’s HEXA eVTOL for medical emergency missions.

Additionally, Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of the Ohio Department of Transportation is one of four US states which will be working with NASA as part of a series of workshops to help governments prepare their transport plans to include cargo-carrying drone and passenger-carrying air taxi services.

Those interested in the virtual webinar, which is free to attend, can register their details by clicking here. Anyone having issues with registration can email Scott Wilder at wilder.142@osu.edu