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Skyportz and Skyway Partner to Accelerate Australian UAM

Skyportz and Skyway Partner to Accelerate Australian UAM

Australian vertiport infrastructure company Skyportz has partnered with US urban air traffic management (UATM) and navigation specialist Skyway to support the development of urban air mobility (UAM) in Australia.

The partnership brings together Skyportz’s extensive network of potential vertiport sites in the country with Skyway’s expertise in urban airspace navigation, vertiport planning and development, and vertiport management systems.

Melbourne-based Skyportz has been conducting infrastructure groundwork for advanced air mobility (AAM) in Australia since 2018. It has established a property database of more than 400 potential vertiport locations throughout the country at existing helipads, airports, and suburban and urban locations, including shopping centers and business parks. Skyportz has worked with Contreras Earl Architecture on a vertiport design, with a location at Caribbean Business Park in Melbourne expected to be one of the first vertiports in the country.

“Skyportz’s focus is on securing access to a range of locations to ensure that we can offer the backbone of a destination network for UAM,” says Skyportz CEO Clem Newton-Brown.

Clifford Cruz, CEO of Skyway, sees vast potential in the partnership with Skyportz and believes it will assist in creating a full-fledged infrastructure ecosystem.

“This partnership is a significant step towards unlocking the potential of UAM,” Cruz added. “By combining our strengths in airspace management, vertiport planning and development, and management systems with Skyportz’s vast network of potential landing sites, we are at the forefront of this transformative industry.”

The Australian cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane are considered potential early markets for UAM. Australian authorities are embracing the move towards advanced air mobility, with regulatory body the Civil Aviation Safety Authority preparing the regulatory groundwork. Late last year, CASA released a draft advisory circular for vertiport design, with the period for public comment on the draft closing at the end of last month.

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