Last December, Airbus, hosted its annual Airbus Summit in Toulouse and Munich, focussing on sustainability and the future of transportation. On the second day, the summit highlighted LifeSaver, a framework co-developed by Airbus and International SOS to optimise emergency healthcare systems.

“The goal is to identify and create innovative solutions for Estonia and other countries so as to leverage our local capabilities and maximize the export opportunities of Estonian companies,” said Joonas Vänto, Director of Invest Estonia.

CityAirbus’s NextGen fully-electric aircraft prototype has a range of 80 km, a cruise speed of 120 km/h, and carries three passengers and a pilot. X-Road governmental infrastructure provides the secure movement of digital data including health records, and can manage complex systems better.

Airbus head of UAM strategy execution & partnerships Balkiz Sarihan added: “The capability of a helicopter in medical services missions is irreplaceable while eVTOLs with zero-emission flights and a lower noise profile have the potential to enable new missions and complement helicopters in supporting the ever-evolving medical services.”

With many remote areas and 2,000 islands Estonia has numerous projects centred around electric vehicles, fuel cells and hydrogen-powered systems. The launch of the LifeSaver programme is expected in the first half of 2023.

Asso Uibo, Invest Estonia’s director of regional business development in South Estonia, continued: “Our common ambition is to take a big step forward from the first studies to assess what could be improved in the existing medical services ecosystem in Estonia.”

In October 2021, EHang announced that its flagship passenger 216 AAV and Falcon logistics model completed beyond visual line of sight trial flights for airport transport and parcel delivery in Estonia, under the European Union’s GOF 2.0 Integrated Urban Airspace Validation project.