Skyportz Hails Aerospace Engineering Expert to Vertiport Team

Aus­tralian Ver­ti­port com­pa­ny, Sky­portz, announced this week a new mem­ber to its com­pa­ny team, Dr Abdul­ghani Mohamed, an Aero­space Engi­neer­ing expert on tur­bu­lence mod­el­ling, reports a press report. He will assist with ver­ti­port site selec­tion for the emerg­ing Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty (AAM indus­try). 

Dr Mohamed was Aus­tralian Sci­en­tist of the Year (2021) and Engi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sion­al of the Year (2022). He is recog­nised “for his research in enhanc­ing the resilience of air­craft in adverse weath­er con­di­tions,” explains the release. “(The engi­neer) has devel­oped new the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts and solu­tions around anti-tur­bu­lence tech­nol­o­gy and heads up the UAV research group at the Roy­al Mel­bourne Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy Uni­ver­si­ty in Aus­tralia.”

Clem New­ton-Brown, Founder and CEO of Sky­portz, com­ment­ed,  “We are work­ing with Gov­ern­ments, air reg­u­la­tors and com­mu­ni­ties to estab­lish the para­me­ters for the intro­duc­tion of ver­ti­port infra­struc­ture and short take-off and land­ing run­ways. The pri­ma­ry con­cern is safe oper­a­tions and the impacts of air tur­bu­lence with­in built form envi­ron­ments is a sig­nif­i­cant issue that needs to be addressed on a site-by-site basis.”

He con­tin­ued, “Hav­ing Dr Mohamed lead­ing this aspect of ver­ti­port site assess­ments will ensure that we can rule out inap­pro­pri­ate sites ear­ly and move con­fi­dent­ly to progress sites where tur­bu­lence can be man­aged.”

Dr Mohamed added, “Micro weath­er con­di­tions can have cat­a­stroph­ic impacts on small air­craft, but we can ame­lio­rate these risks when we have fixed ver­ti­port sites to assess. Wind gust risks are often pre­dictable, and our mod­el­ling exper­tise will help to ensure that the AAM indus­try advances with the high­est lev­els of safe­ty pos­si­ble.”


Dr Abdul­ghani Mohamed com­plet­ed a Ph.D. in Aero­space Engi­neer­ing at RMIT Uni­ver­si­ty. He is a mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary researcher work­ing across a num­ber of areas (aero­dy­nam­ics, tur­bu­lence mod­el­ling, robot­ics, bio­mimet­ics, sen­sors, dynam­ics and con­trol). His research is inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised for enhanc­ing the resilience of air­craft in adverse weath­er. 

Dr Mohamed’s note­wor­thy con­tri­bu­tions to his field include intro­duc­ing new the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts, devel­op­ing an anti-tur­bu­lence tech­nol­o­gy and air­borne wind sens­ing drones.

He co-found­ed and co-leads the RMIT UAS Team (a lead­ing UAV research group with a rep­u­ta­tion for solv­ing indus­try prob­lems using robot­ics). Dr Mohamed is also a mem­ber of sev­er­al inter­na­tion­al research com­mit­tees. 

The impact from Dr Mohamed’s research was recog­nised through sev­er­al pres­ti­gious awards includ­ing Australia’s Top Aero­space Inno­va­tor in 2015, Aus­tralian Sci­en­tist of the year in 2021, and Engi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sion­al of the Year in 2022. 

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(Top image: Dr Abdul­ghani Mohamed)

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