The flying cars of pop culture are slowly becoming a reality, but as we can see, these aren’t so much flying cars, per se. I suppose it’s more apt to describe them as big drones, or small aircraft.
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Whatever they look like, it’s exciting to think that in 20 to 30 years, it might be a common sight to see people zipping through the air in these things. Over recent years, Malaysia and Singapore have shown a real hunger to be early adopters, with hopes of launching commercial electric vertical takeoff and landing taxi services in Singapore by 2023.
It seems that these modes of transport are inevitable, but they aren’t without problems. We learn more in this issue, as we highlight a new feasibility study by Malaysia Airports for urban air mobility connectivity at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
Elsewhere, we profile new technology that is being trialled at Miami Airport to track unauthorized drones, and potentially one day take them down as well – which could make situations such as the 2018 Gatwick drone incident a thing of the past.
As well as all of this, we learn about Thales’ new digital token for passenger handling, profile Torino Airport’s efforts to be more sustainable, highlight the impressive winning entries at the 15th annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, and a whole lot more.
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Peter Nilson, editor
in this issue
DHL bets on electric cargo planes to deliver on zero emissions
DHL Express has announced the order of 12 electric-aircraft from Seattle-based manufacturer Eviation to add to its electric fleet in an effort to reduce the company’s CO2. Ilaria Grasso Macola profiles the aircraft and what benefits they will bring to the company’s roadmap to sustainability.
Plane to see: practical design solutions for airports
Five teams of students have won recognition in the 15th annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, a contest that encourages design innovative and practical solutions to challenges at airports. Alex Love looks at the winning solutions.
The future of airport boarding: Thales’ digital token technology
Industry service and solutions provider, Thales, has developed a digital access token for passengers to use when checking in to an airport. Frankie Youd speaks to Philippe Faure, vice president, face recognition solutions at Thales to find if this could be the future of passenger handling.
No-fly zone: drone detection at Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport has become the first airport in the US to utilise technology to spot drones operating in restricted areas. Frankie Youd speaks to those involved and explores how the technology works.
Malaysia Airports vertiport study: will UAM get off the ground?
Malaysia Airports has announced that it will carry out a feasibility study examining suitable vertiport solutions for Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport. Luke Christou examines whether this investment marks a more widespread introduction of vertiports making flying taxis feasible for airport connectivity.
Torino Airport pedals towards sustainability goals
Stationary bikes that charge passengers’ phones are the latest in a series of green initiatives developed by Torino Airport. Ilaria Grasso Macola finds out about the project and how it fits into the sustainable framework of Torino Green Airport.
Next issue preview
Aiming to be the first net-zero airport in the UK by 2030, Bristol Airport has recently implemented a new environmentally friendly scheme: an electric bus.
The shuttle is capable of transporting 110 passengers at a time and is part of the airport’s plan to achieve the status of being net-zero. In the next issue, we speak to the airport to find out more about the bus and its trial.
We also learn how Erie International Airport weathered the storm during the pandemic, look at Helsinki Airport’s interesting method of checking vaccine certification, profile the new software being trialled by the FAA to make taxiing more efficient, and much more.
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