US-based advanced air mobility (AAM) company Wisk Aero has joined forces with vertiports developer Skyports to integrate autonomous electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operations and other ground-based infrastructure.
This is said to be the first collaboration between a vertiport developer-operator and an autonomous eVTOL developer in the US.
Wisk CEO Gary Gysin said: “We are excited to partner with Skyports, a leader in vertiports and AAM infrastructure.
“It is critical that future operations are autonomous for safety, scalability and affordability. With this Concept of Operations (ConOps), Wisk and Skyports are helping to define those future operations while ensuring the long-term success and full potential of this industry.”
To ensure that vertiports and other ground-based infrastructures have the capacity to support autonomous operations, both companies are defining autonomous eVTOL vertiport operations.
Under this partnership, the two companies will assess areas such as physical aircraft considerations, passenger accommodation, schedule, ground operations management, and final approach and takeoff management.
Wisk and Skyports have also released a ConOps, which identifies how autonomous eVTOL aircraft and operators will integrate with vertiports that include interactions with Providers of Services for Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
The ConOps includes upgrades, retrofits and procedure changes necessary to accommodate safe operations for autonomous eVTOL aircraft.
Skyports CEO Duncan Walker said: “We are thrilled to be partnered with Wisk as they push the bounds of aircraft systems innovation.
“The ConOps and our continued work on the development of vehicle-agnostic vertiports and ground-based infrastructure will ensure that this industry is well prepared to safely integrate autonomous operations in the future.”