Wisk Aero, a Bay-Area Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company backed by Boeing, has partnered with the City of Long Beach, California through its Long Beach Economic Partnership (LBEP) to create an AAM working group focused on evaluating, planning, and implementing AAM services, with an emphasis on autonomy. Through the partnership, Wisk and the LBEP will conduct an Economic Impact study to measure potential economic benefits to the community and overall impact from AAM operations in Southern California.

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Over the next two years, the new working group will examine four key areas to evaluate the opportunities and impacts that AAM will present for the city of Long Beach. These areas include an analysis of the economic impact and workforce development, community acceptance and outreach, integration of autonomous AAM into city transportation plans, and federal and state government funding opportunities.

With support from Wisk, LBEP will coordinate the development of an Economic Impact Study that will be conducted by the Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) Office of Economic Research. The study will estimate the annual economic impact of future AAM operations in Southern California and other regional state economies. The results of the study are expected to be completed and released later this year.

“We are excited to work with the City of Long Beach and LBEP in this unique partnership,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “With its rich aerospace past, current resurgence via Space Beach, and its central position in the LA Metro area, Long Beach is an ideal city for all-electric, autonomous urban flight opportunities. Through this partnership, Long Beach has the opportunity to be one of the first cities to realize the economic and environmental benefits of AAM, as well as to lead Southern California, and the United States, in autonomous, all-electric AAM.”

“Aerospace innovation has always been a strong part of Long Beach history,” says Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “We have produced some of the world’s most modern aircraft, are leading in the space economy, and will now be home to new technologies in Advanced Air Mobility. We look forward to our partnership with Wisk and are proud of our local workforce who are educated, trained, and poised to make progress on these innovations.”

“Long Beach has long been a center of aerospace culture and capabilities,” said Randal Hernandez, co-chair of the working group, immediate past chair of the Long Beach Economic Partnership and former chairman of the City of Long Beach’sEconomic Development Commission. “Autonomous, all-electric AAM represents the next revolution in commercial aviation and promises significant economic benefits with minimal environmental impact. We are proud to partner with an AAM leader like Wisk to further explore the benefits that AAM can bring to the City of Long Beach, the southern California region, and the state as a whole.”

Why it’s important: Wisk has recently made major strides in the development of Advanced Aerial Mobility, as demonstrated by this partnership and by Boeing’s additional $495 Million investment into Wisk. Southern California has historically been an innovation hub for the aerospace industry, making it a well-suited location for launching AAM operations. The sprawling population of Los Angeles and Orange County also makes these areas an ideal proving ground for initial air taxi operations, where the demand for flights should be abundant.

Credit // Wisk press release

Posted by Naish Gaubatz