Australia's air regulator, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has today released draft guidleines for air taxi vertiports.
CASA has released the draft AC139.V-01 Guidelines for the construction of vertiports to service electric air taxi networks and is now seeking feedback.
Vertiports are designed to service next-generation vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capable aircraft (VCA) and can be in urban and regional locations as well as on existing aerodromes.
The draft guidelines aim to provide guidance and information to people designing, developing and constructing vertiports in support of advanced air mobility (AAM) operations on site selection, physical characteristics and visual aids.
The draft guidance covers design specifications for vertiports supporting pilot-on-board VCA flying visual operations only.
CEO of Australian vertiport infrastructure company Skyportz, Clem Newton-Brown said they have been working for four years to encourage the development of AAM policy at all levels of Government.
“We are really pleased about this announcement as it is sending a clear message to the world that we are open for business and we are seriously preparing the ecosystem to support Advanced Air Mobility that will need our network of vertiports to fulfil their potential," he said.
“These new guidelines will help us to fine tune our design and will give our property partners the confidence to invest in vertiport infrastructure in advance of the aircraft starting to operate."
The draft AC139.V-01 Guidelines are now available on the CASA Consultation Hub.
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