Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority today released guidelines for vertiport design following extensive community and industry consultation.
This advisory circular (AC) applies to:
• persons involved in the design, construction, and operation of vertiports
• proponents of vertiports
• AAM aircraft owners/operators
• planning authorities
• aerodrome operators
• the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
“This is a great step forward for Australia and shows our preparedness to welcome this new industry into Australian skies’, said vertiport infrastructure developer, Clem Newton-Brown from Skyportz.
“There is no doubt the aircraft are coming. However, the potential for this industry will only be achieved if we break the nexus between aviation and airports and enable a new class of land use to emerge, giving property owners the opportunity to host electric air taxi vertiports”.
Skyportz has been collecting together options on a stable of potential vertiport sites primarily in Australia and has many hundreds of enthusiastic property partners. This new document will provide more clarity on the development of sites for vertiport uses.
The Australian regulations will allow corporate branded vertiports, enabling companies such as Skyportz to develop operational networks.
“We look forward to welcoming air taxi developers to Australia to operate from our network of Skyportz vertiports in the future’, said Mr Newton-Brown.
Why it matters: Other regulatory agencies have released guidelines for the design of vertiport infrastructure. Australia’s guidelines don’t appear vastly different that other regulators and will allow for eVTOL aircraft to safetly and efficiently integrate with existing infrastructure in urban environments.