AAM Institute and AAM CRC Collaborate “to Propel Future of Australian Aviation”

The Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty (AAM) Insti­tute is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the AAM Coop­er­a­tive Research Cen­tre (CRC), to pro­pel the avi­a­tion land­scape in Aus­tralia, reports a press release. 

With a shared mis­sion to lead research, devel­op­ment, edu­ca­tion and train­ing in emerg­ing avi­a­tion tech­nolo­gies, the AAM CRC aims “to dri­ve inno­va­tion, safe­ty, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty across air vehi­cles, oper­at­ing sys­tems, and ground infra­struc­ture,” explains the release. 

The CRC appli­ca­tion demon­strates “a robust col­lab­o­ra­tion, attract­ing indus­try inter­est and poten­tial­ly posi­tion­ing as Aus­trali­a’s largest coop­er­a­tive research cen­ter for avi­a­tion and aero­space,” con­tin­ues the release. 

The body has set forth key objec­tives:-

: First and fore­most, the fos­ter­ing of part­ner­ships among diverse stake­hold­ers to expe­dite the advance­ment of AAM. 

: The pro­cure­ment of the safest, most cost-effi­cient air vehi­cles for both trans­porta­tion and emer­gency ser­vices. 

: A strong com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able solu­tions, includ­ing efforts to mit­i­gate envi­ron­men­tal impact while pre­serv­ing oper­a­tional effi­cien­cy. 

: The strate­gic inte­gra­tion of AAM indus­try lead­ers and researchers for the 10-year vision. Notably, the suc­cess­ful sub­mis­sion of the Stage 1 appli­ca­tion for the Round 25 CRC grant pro­gram last month. Results are expect­ed in June with prepa­ra­tions under­way for the Stage 2 appli­ca­tion. 

Dr. Adri­ano Di Pietro

Dr. Adri­ano Di Pietro, Inter­im CEO at AAM CRC com­ment­ed, “Con­sid­er­ing Aus­trali­a’s unique land­scape, diverse require­ments, increased urban­i­sa­tion, and the need for car­bon emis­sion reduc­tions, inno­va­tion in avi­a­tion will have game-chang­ing impacts on our coun­try’s sup­ply chain.” 

Mean­while, the AAM Insti­tute has announced the appoint­ment of Gian­car­lo Sil­vestri as the Reg­u­la­to­ry Affairs Offi­cer (RAO) serv­ing for the Board of Liaisons. He will serve as the Cen­tral RAO cov­er­ing Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa. The Insti­tute will appoint Offi­cers in the near future for the East and West regions.

In his new role, Sil­vestri is respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing strate­gic guid­ance and exper­tise on reg­u­la­to­ry mat­ters to the Institute’s Board of Liaisons. With a diverse back­ground includ­ing com­mer­cial avi­a­tion and gov­ern­ment affairs, he remarked, “With over 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the avi­a­tion indus­try, I am pas­sion­ate about safe­ty, reg­u­la­to­ry devel­op­ment, and inno­va­tion. Hav­ing wit­nessed the pro­gres­sion of AAM since its incep­tion, I am proud of the industry’s recent progress.”

He con­tin­ued, “We’ve estab­lished a new reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work with sup­port from key agen­cies such as EASA, FAA, and UK CAA… as well as explored chal­lenges like the safe man­age­ment of lithi­um-ion bat­tery ther­mal run­away and asso­ci­at­ed risks. In this lead­er­ship posi­tion, I aim to advo­cate for elec­tric avi­a­tion, air­space mod­erni­sa­tion and a more inclu­sive ground infra­struc­ture expe­ri­ence.” 

Gian­car­lo Sil­vestri

The Institute’s Founder and Pres­i­dent, Dan Sloat, added, “Our Liaisons will ben­e­fit great­ly from Giancarlo’s insights, espe­cial­ly in the Cen­tral Region of Europe, Mid­dle East, and Africa.” 

The release goes on, “The AAM Insti­tute Board of Liaisons plays a cru­cial role in advanc­ing the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of AAM for their respec­tive regions. The addi­tion of a ded­i­cat­ed RAO will fur­ther strength­en the orga­ni­za­tion’s abil­i­ty to address reg­u­la­to­ry chal­lenges and pro­mote the safe and effi­cient inte­gra­tion of Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ local com­mu­ni­ties.” 

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