Skyroads joins Supernal’s Airspace Management Consortium to shape operating and design standards

Sky­roads has joined Super­nal’s Air­space Man­age­ment Con­sor­tium, which was launched ear­li­er this year to serve as a resource for the advanced air mobil­i­ty indus­try (AAM) to shape com­mon oper­at­ing and design stan­dards that sup­port indus­try devel­op­ment.

As an avi­a­tion embed­ded sys­tems devel­op­er, Sky­roads — for­mer­ly D3 Tech­nolo­gies — pro­vides a con­tin­u­ous­ly evolv­ing software/hardware solu­tion for air­space man­age­ment and air traf­fic con­trol. It has built up strate­gic part­ner­ships with sev­er­al com­pa­nies and ear­li­er this year, became a mem­ber of the Cana­di­an Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty Con­sor­tium (CAAM).

Look­ing ahead, Super­nal will work with con­sor­tium mem­bers to sim­u­late the oper­a­tion of UAS Traf­fic Man­age­ment (UTM) and AAM net­work and ulti­mate­ly flight test Super­nal’s con­cept of oper­a­tions.

Achim Kostron, Chief Com­mer­cial Offi­cer, Sky­roads, said: “The devel­op­ment of Sky­roads is based on a phi­los­o­phy of inter­op­er­abil­i­ty. The system’s open­ness as well as its Design Assur­ance Lev­el of Avi­a­tion, is a pre­req­ui­site for the inter­modal UAM ecosys­tem that pro­fes­sion­al AAM OEMs like Super­nal are ask­ing for. As we share a vision and mind­set, we are pleased to part­ner with Super­nal as a mem­ber of the con­sor­tium.”

Super­nal is an evo­lu­tion of the Urban Air Mobil­i­ty Divi­sion of Hyundai Motor Group and was announced as a new com­pa­ny ear­li­er this month. It is devel­op­ing a fam­i­ly of elec­tric air vehi­cles and con­ven­ing pub­lic and pri­vate stake­hold­ers to respon­si­bly shape the AAM indus­try.

Super­nal is also work­ing to inte­grate advanced air mobil­i­ty into exist­ing tran­sit net­works and to shape a seam­less inter­modal pas­sen­ger expe­ri­ence. The vision is for pas­sen­gers to use a sin­gle app — like cur­rent rideshare plat­forms — to plan their jour­ney, which could include tak­ing a car or rail from home to an AAM ‘ver­ti­port’ an eVTOL across town, and an e‑scooter for the last mile.

It plans to launch its first com­mer­cial flight in 2028 and scale oper­a­tions, lever­ag­ing the Group’s man­u­fac­tur­ing exper­tise, as the AAM mar­ket and pub­lic accep­tance begin to grow in the 2030s.

Speak­ing when Super­nal was announced, Jai­won Shin, Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of Super­nal and Pres­i­dent of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “In adding a new dimen­sion to mobil­i­ty, we are on a mis­sion to trans­form how peo­ple and soci­ety move, con­nect, and live. We have bold ambi­tions at Super­nal but being first to mar­ket is not one of them.

“We are work­ing to build the right prod­uct and the right inte­grat­ed mar­ket, and we will lever­age Hyundai Motor Group’s scaled man­u­fac­tur­ing exper­tise to ensure AAM reach­es the right price point and is acces­si­ble to the mass­es.”

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Jason Pritchard

Jason Pritchard is the Editor of eVTOL Insights. He holds a BA from Leicester's De Montfort University and has worked in Journalism and Public Relations for more than a decade. Outside of work, Jason enjoys playing and watching football and golf. He also has a keen interest in Ancient Egypt.

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