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New Agreement to Enhance Skyports’ Strategic Growth in Advanced Air Mobility Infrastructure

Skyports Infrastructure (Skyports), a leader in vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has entered into a partnership with Unified Aviation, specialists in vertical aviation. This collaboration aims to provide cost-effective, versatile infrastructure for air taxi take-off and landing, supporting the rapid global roll-out of Skyports’ infrastructure.

The partnership leverages Unified Aviation’s Modular Environmentally Sustainable Helipads (MESH) advanced landing platforms and Skyports’ expertise in vertiport development, planning, regulation, and operations. This agreement allows Skyports to deploy take-off and landing infrastructure using prefabricated, modular, fast-build technology that integrates power, solar charging, lighting, safety, drainage, and fire suppression features.

Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer of Skyports, emphasized the significance of this collaboration: “Scalable, flexible, and rapidly deployable vertiport infrastructure is critically important to accelerating AAM service roll-out, particularly in the early years of the industry. Our partnership with Unified Aviation brings specialized expertise in integrated heliport and vertiport design and training to reduce time to market and provide cost-effective, pre-certified landing sites. Our Agile Vertiport Network strategy solves some of the complex considerations when developing AAM networks, providing the vertiport solutions for any given location.”

Skyports’ Agile Vertiport Network (AVN) strategy envisions a varied and responsive infrastructure network, comprising vertiports and landing sites tailored to environmental, network, and customer requirements. Principal vertiports will include facilities such as passenger terminals, charging infrastructure, and MRO, situated at major hubs like airports, shopping malls, and metro stations. These sites will be complemented by peripheral landing sites in suburban, lower throughput, or short-term demand locations, where Skyports will deploy the MESH system.

Mark Trotter, Managing Director of Unified Aviation, highlighted the forward-thinking nature of the MESH system: “Our MESH system has been designed with the future in mind. It can cater for today’s helicopters and the future AAM ecosystem, enabling hybrid operations where needed. Our partnership with Skyports will help expand and further establish this innovative system going forward. MESH is built with sustainability in mind, using sustainable materials and the modular nature creates an excellent flexible and rapidly deployable solution.”

The innovative infrastructure solution will be demonstrated at Unified Aviation’s Dubai South location, which will also serve as an operations staff training facility. Following this demonstration, the technology will be rolled out globally with Skyports’ vertiport product, encompassing various use cases, including ground, elevated, and floating options.

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