Urban Air Mobility companies Skyway and Skyportz will collaborate in a new partnership to expand the comprehensive infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in Australia.
Skyway is a leading Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM) operation center and air traffic navigation provider, and Skyportz is a Melbourne company focused on securing access to a range of vertiport development locations.
Partnership to advance Australian UAM operations
This partnership will bring together two key areas of expertise to advance UAM operations in Australia.
Skyway will contribute its expertise in urban airspace navigation, vertiport planning and development, and vertiport management systems.
Melbourne-based Skyportz has local knowledge of and extensive network of potential landing sites across the continent ‘Down Under.’
“This partnership is a significant step towards unlocking the potential of UAM,” said Clifford Cruz, CEO of Skyway.
“By combining our strengths in airspace management, vertiport planning and development, and management systems with Skyportz’s vast network of potential landing sites, we are at the forefront of this transformative industry.”
A vertiport is a type of transportation infrastructure designed for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicles, such as helicopters, tiltrotors, and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
It serves as a landing and takeoff area for these vehicles and provides facilities for passengers and cargo handling.
Vertiports can be located in urban or suburban areas and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as air taxi services, emergency medical services, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, and corporate transportation.
They can also be used for sightseeing tours and other leisure activities.
Vertiports can range in size and complexity, from small landing pads on rooftops to large facilities with multiple landing areas, terminals, and support infrastructure such as refueling and maintenance facilities.
With the rise of eVTOL aircraft and the potential for aerial mobility, the development of vertiports is becoming increasingly important to support the growth of this new form of transportation.
Skyportz is a vertiport developer with ready-to-activate sites throughout Australia, including existing helipads and airports.
Relevantly, it also includes suburban and urban locations such as business parks, shopping centers, car parking garages, industrial sites, and greenfield city fringe developments.
The company is also helping property developers to future-proof their projects so they can offer access to air taxi and freight services as soon as they start operating.
“Skyportz’s focus is on securing access to a range of Skyportz locations to ensure that we can offer the backbone of a destination network for UAM,” said Clem Newton-Brown, CEO of Skyportz.
“We are thrilled to partner that business model with Skyway’s ability to provide comprehensive and customized vertiport management systems and UATM infrastructure”.
A collaboration with Skyportz opens the door for Skyway to provide a comprehensive infrastructure while securing its already substantial influence as a leader in vertiport development.
As they increase their reach through this significant collaborative relationship, Skyway and Skyportz will enable a shift towards innovative problem-solving within the aviation industry as a whole.
At a time when industry-wide action is undeniably critical, these two companies leverage and are enthusiastic about each other’s strengths and set a new pace for UAM development on a global scale.