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HCA Airport Prepares for eVTOLs in Denmark

fotokredit Sebastian Thomas Bay, courtesy HCA Airport

Danish Partnership to Convey eVTOL Transportation to Denmark

by DRONELIFE Employees Author Ian M. Crosby

A brand new partnership has been fashioned between HCA Airport in Odense and Copenhagen Helicopter to determine infrastructure for electrical vertical take-off and touchdown plane (eVTOL) to move passengers between Denmark’s largest cities.

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The aim of the partnership is to supply Denmark with a eVTOL prototype by this summer season, and afterwards develop a number of vertiports in Odense.

fotocredit DuFour, courtesy HCA Plane

“I foresee that in a number of years’ time you may take the sunshine rail to Odense Station and from there take a flying taxi to Copenhagen or different Danish cities. Now could be the time to begin constructing a model new infrastructure primarily based initially on manned flying taxis that fly on inexperienced energy and contribute to the federal government’s aim of reaching 100% inexperienced home transport by 2030,” stated HCA Airport Chairman Kim Kenlev. “I see nothing stopping us from flying to cities like Gothenburg, Hamburg or Berlin sooner or later. Superior Air Mobility is excessive on the agenda all over the place, and these cities are inside attain of those flying taxis.”

The partnership goals to carry international AAM operators to HCA Airport, both by way of testing and demonstration actions or long run service and upkeep. HCA Airport is already residence to the UAS Denmark Check Heart, an internationally acknowledged drone take a look at web site.

“Superior Air Mobility relies on a brand new revolution in aviation that claims goodbye to fossil fuels in favour of electrification and biofuels – which we already know from the transition from conventional automobiles to hybrid and electrical automobiles and later self-driving automobiles. It gives an entire new alternative to move folks each day by way of the skies, whereas decreasing greenhouse gasoline emissions, decreasing noise ranges and way more,” stated Copenhagen Helicopter CEO Martin Andersen.

fotocredit DuFour, courtesy HCA Airport

Andersen states Copenhagen Helicopter’s calculations point out that the AAM area has the potential to move 84,000 passengers per day and take away 120,000 tonnes of CO2 from Danish roads by 2035.

“This might nicely be the start of what’s going to be an entire new approach of transporting ourselves and items sooner or later. We will see that different international locations and cities are already approach forward, and Denmark and Odense should in fact additionally comply with this development. The flying taxis of the long run can fly on inexperienced energy produced by Danish offshore wind generators, and so they may help shift visitors away from the roads,” stated Odense mayor Peter Rahbæk Juel. “Funen’s robotics journey started with some gifted engineers from the College of Southern Denmark and a metropolis that dared to suppose huge and take a danger. In the identical approach, I see this as the primary steps in direction of a brand new enterprise enterprise that can hopefully generate jobs, contribute to the inexperienced transition and create an entire new approach of transporting folks.”

Nations similar to Korea and Germany already possess superior frameworks for the introduction of flying taxis. Seoul has plans for normal drone flights throughout the town as quickly as 2025, whereas in Germany an Airbus-led partnership together with Deutsche Bahn, Munich Airport and Telekom is pursuing the implementation of flying taxis between German cities. A complete of €86 million has been earmarked for this mission over the subsequent three years.

In the meantime within the US, early in 2022 Boeing invested $450 million in Wisk Aero, a Silicon Valley firm within the means of creating a self-flying propeller plane.

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Ian attended Dominican College of California, the place he obtained a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong ardour for writing and storytelling and a eager curiosity in know-how, he’s now contributing to DroneLife as a workers author.




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