PLANA and OneSky sign MOU for eVTOL AAM aircraft operation

A render of a PLANA AAM eVTOL aircraft in flight.
Image Credit: PLANA
By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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PLANA, a prominent developer of hybrid advanced air mobility (AAM) eVTOL aircraft, has partnered with OneSky, a leading provider of uncrewed aircraft systems traffic management (UTM) solutions.

The announcement, made on 24 July, marks the beginning of a promising collaboration between the two pioneering companies, aiming to revolutionize the future of flight.

Business agreement ceremony

A business agreement ceremony took place at the PLANA Icheon R&D Center and was attended by key officials from both PLANA and OneSky.

Notable attendees included PLANA’s Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder, Minyoung Ahn, and OneSky’s CEO, Robert Hammett. The event served both as a symbol of unity and mutual commitment to the advancement of air mobility.

OneSky’s Future of Flight Program

OneSky’s Future of Flight program acts as a cooperative ecosystem that brings together industry leaders and innovators. The objective is to expedite the path towards scalable operations.

Presently, more than 20 key companies, including Skyports, Volatus, Echodyne, a radar developer, and Supernal, Hyundai’s UAM US subsidiary, are actively participating in the program.

The strategic alliance between PLANA and OneSky is set to leverage the strengths of both partnering companies.

OneSky’s expertise lies in airspace situational awareness, flight planning, simulation, and UTM/UATM solutions.

By combining these strengths with PLANA’s proficiency in developing and manufacturing hybrid electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the partnership aims to push the boundaries of technological innovation.

Verifying the eVTOL operational concept

One of the primary goals of the collaboration is to verify the operational concept of PLANA’s CP-01 aircraft, which is currently under development.

Through meticulous testing and refinement, the two companies will work hand-in-hand to develop a robust technical roadmap, aligning technical requirements for seamless integration.

With the AAM industry rapidly evolving, addressing industry regulations in various countries is crucial. PLANA and OneSky will pool their resources to explore viable solutions and pave the way for smooth operations in compliance with regional aviation rules.

The PLANA-OneSky partnership seeks to foster an environment of continuous innovation by actively exploring new business models. This approach will open doors to novel opportunities and further bolster the growth of the AAM industry.

Partnership comments

Robert Hammett, CEO of OneSky, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “Through this agreement, OneSky has secured an essential partner in the operating of AAM aircraft.”

“We will contribute to the evolving AAM industry by implementing safe aircraft operation through sharing know-how and cooperation between the two companies.”

Minyoung Ahn, PLANA CSO, and co-founder highlighted the significance of utilizing UTM functions for automation and long-term processes, including VFR (Visual Flight Rules), to ensure safe and efficient aviation of AAM aircraft.

The partnership with OneSky is expected to be instrumental in acquiring various technologies and know-how related to AAM aircraft operation.


PLANA is a hybrid AAM eVTOL developer. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), a concept that encompasses both Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM), is gaining traction as a new mode of transportation to connect areas not served by traditional air services.

PLANA is developing an aircraft that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80% compared to conventional helicopters. With a range of 500 kilometers, and a payload to fit a pilot and up to six passengers. PLANA is currently testing and validating a scaled-down aircraft.

The company recently opened two offices in the USA and is working on the FAA certification while expanding its global ecosystem.

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