Urban-Air Port Collaborates with NACO “to Speed Up Vertiport Integration with Airports”

Urban-Air Port (UAP) signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing (MoU) with Nether­lands Air­port Con­sul­tants (NACO) this week, to speed up ver­ti­port inte­gra­tion with air­ports, reports a press release. 

NACO is the first spe­cial­ist avi­a­tion plan­ning con­sul­tan­cy to sup­port UAP in explor­ing how its ground infra­struc­ture tech­nol­o­gy can be inte­grat­ed into air­port mas­ter­plan projects around the world. The con­sul­tant has been a project part­ner since June, col­lab­o­rat­ing to define eVTOL ground infra­struc­ture require­ments for air­ports along­side oth­er glob­al clients.

The release states, “NACO will fur­ther sup­port UAP on air­port land-use plan­ning, region­al ver­ti­port net­work busi­ness mod­el­ling, eVTOL demand sim­u­la­tion and sur­face trans­port inter­modal con­nec­tiv­i­ty mod­el­ling. The col­lab­o­ra­tion will also explore spe­cial sys­tems for the inte­gra­tion of UAP ver­ti­ports to sup­port reg­u­la­to­ry path­ways for the first use cas­es: eVTOL flights to and from air­ports.”

UAP’s Next Gen AirOne, launched ear­li­er this month, has a unique mul­ti-stacked hangar that pro­vides an 8+ stand ver­ti­port con­fig­u­ra­tion using 80 per­cent less real estate. The “Ver­ti­cal Air­field” allows its “air­craft car­ri­er” tech­nol­o­gy to cre­ate greater effi­cien­cies in oper­a­tion and turn­around times. While, UAP’s ver­ti­ports can be deployed in urban, sub­ur­ban and even rur­al sites, air­ports will like­ly become the first com­mer­cial loca­tions.

Andrea Wu, CEO of Urban-Air Port, com­ment­ed, “This is a major mile­stone for the com­pa­ny. NACO is one of the world’s best avi­a­tion plan­ners and inte­gra­tors. I’m delight­ed they see such poten­tial in UAPs tech­nol­o­gy and its rel­e­vance for air­ports around the world.” 

The release con­tin­ues, “The mul­ti­modal hub pro­vides air­craft com­mand and con­trol, charg­ing and refu­elling, car­go and pas­sen­ger facil­i­ties, as well as ele­vat­ed take-off and land­ing with 360-degree sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness and sub­stan­tial mit­i­ga­tion of ground effect and noise asso­ci­at­ed with eVTOL. This rep­re­sents all the ground infra­struc­ture nec­es­sary to sup­port safer, qui­eter and more sus­tain­able advanced air mobil­i­ty.”

Ricky Sand­hu, Founder and Exec­u­tive Chair­man of UAP, remarked, “NACO has a deep under­stand­ing of the nuances of air­port plan­ning. Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is core to both of our com­pa­nies and must under­pin the future of avi­a­tion, to ensure we advance this sec­tor in the right way.”

Ricky Sand­hu

AirOne will sup­port growth in eVTOL oper­a­tions at air­ports, ulti­mate­ly con­nect­ing air taxi pas­sen­gers with onward flights, as well as pro­vid­ing a plat­form for oth­er inter­modal con­nec­tiv­i­ty to sup­port air­ports’ growth and acces­si­bil­i­ty. 

Esther Kromhout, CEO of NACO, said, “We look for­ward to sup­port­ing Urban-Air Port by bring­ing our glob­al expe­ri­ence in air­port mas­ter­plan­ning and urban mobil­i­ty to help devel­op sus­tain­able air trans­porta­tion and inter­modal solu­tions fit for the future”

The release adds, “UAPs next gen AirOne is mod­u­lar and designed to be tai­lored to pro­vide safe, secure enclo­sure for a broad spec­trum of cli­mates. It is agnos­tic to air­craft type and charg­ing / refu­el­ing sys­tem and pro­vi­sion for asym­me­try in the cor­re­spond­ing flight sched­ule of the ver­ti­ports, in sync with the air­ports’ main oper­a­tions, so there are no lim­its to its glob­al poten­tial. UAP’s lead­er­ship has been in dis­cus­sion with clients around the world.” 

The com­pa­ny fore­casts the total mar­ket for its ver­ti­ports at over USD40 bil­lion by 2050, with air­ports pre­sent­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of that mar­ket.

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