Skyportz Opens Global Vertiport Database, Reveals Modular Vertiport Design
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M Crosby
This week, electric air taxi developer Skyportz opened its property partner database globally, allowing for registrations from potential vertiport locations anywhere in the world.
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Additionally, the World Air Taxi Congress in Istanbul, Turkey saw the announcement of a modular vertiport design able to be shipped to any location.
These new vertiports, designed by Contreras Earl Architecture with site specific input from Arup and To70 Aviation, are capable of being deployed in separate components and shipped anywhere in the world. Battery charging infrastructure will be provided by leading electric aircraft developer Beta Technologies.
Skyportz announced the first Australian vertiport partnership last week at Caribbean Park in Melbourne.
“With the development of a vertiport in a business park we are breaking the nexus between aviation and airports. For this industry to succeed it needs to have policy makers and property owners pushing the envelope to support new “mini airports” in locations people want to go. The Caribbean Park design is for 3 active pads and multiple charging bays. This announcement today is about bringing to the world the same incredible design with options for a more compact and affordable unit that can be shipped and installed, in advance of the aircraft operating,” said Skyportz CEO Clem Newton-Brown.
“We are already getting interest from existing helipad networks operated by tourism operators such as Microflite in Australia. Skyportz can provide a branded network with Beta charging facilities ready to operate as soon as the eVTOL aircraft are available. Another good application is retrofitting existing buildings and multi-level car parking garages. The vertiports can be used for other purposes for now, such as event spaces, cafes, bars or meetings rooms and be ready for aviation activation when the time is righ.t”
During the Congress, Mr. Newton-Brown emphasized the urgency for the property industry and policy makers to allow for the establishment of vertiport networks.
“The frontrunners had invested over $10B into aircraft development in the last year. This investment needs to be doubled down into vertiport infrastructure if the business cases are to be realized. There is no point developing these aircraft if they can’t land in new locations”.
Currently, no jurisdiction anywhere in the world has established definitive rules, regulations or standards pertaining to new vertiports.
“Skyportz is offering the property industry a chance to get on the front foot and install these lightweight, affordable vertiports in advance of being able to actually use them. We don’t need to wait for the policy makers, these buildings can be used for other purposes for now and will be on site and ready to activate for aviation in the future”, said Mr Newton-Brown “With our vertiport database growing daily we can assemble networks of sites in any launch market sought by investors.”
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
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