FAA releases infrastructure guidelines for creation of vertiports – Aviation

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Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new design guidelines for vertiports, the latest type of landing facility for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for advanced air mobility (AAM) operations. ). Vertiports, similar to helipads, can be created on the roofs of malls, parking lots, and commercial buildings; they can also be built as free-standing structures.

The FAA guidelines include essential information designers and builders need to create vertiports that enable safe takeoffs and landings of eVTOL aircraft. The guidelines also provide strategic information for property developers, airports, AAM operators, and infrastructure designers and developers to begin planning and ultimately building the infrastructure ecosystem that will support safe AAM operations.

The guidelines include:

  • Vertiport dimensions.

  • Requirements and guidelines for elevated vertiports, including the load-bearing capacity of vertiports that may be on top of existing structures.

  • Guidelines on markings, lighting and visual aids that identify the facility as a vertiport.

  • Charging and electricity infrastructure requirements for vertiports.

  • Airport vertiport requirements for adding vertiports to an existing commercial airport, including the required distance between a vertiport and an existing runway.

The FAA design guidelines come at a critical time, as eVTOL aircraft are currently in the queue for FAA type and production certification. Several AAM original equipment operators (OEMs) have announced timelines for operations of four or more passenger eVTOL aircraft with pilots on board as early as 2025. Vertiports and related infrastructure must be in place and certified by start of AAM operations.

One of the first entrants to create vertiports is Reef Technology, the large parking management company with more than 5,000 locations in the United States, has partnered with Archer Aviation and Joby to create vertiports and parking centers. mobility in its existing car parks.

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