On Monday the 25th of November, 2019, the Round Table Urban Air Mobility (UAM) took place with the purpose of giving a wider insight into the future of UAM and give the participants the opportunity to discuss about their thoughts on UAM.
We would like to thank Raymond van der Meer, Corporate Public & EU Affairs at the Royal NLR and (European) ambassador of Urban Air Mobility for moderating this meeting. Also a big thank you to the Royal NLR for hosting this meeting at their office in Amsterdam.
To start off the afternoon, 5 experts in the field of UAM introduced and showed a wide range of subjects that are important for UAM. A couple of examples are: difficulties, trends, uses and applications of UAM. The presenters and presentations can be found below.
- Fulvio Scarano, Head of AWEP Department Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion at TU Delft – “Personal Air Mobility: survey of academic activities at TU Delft”.
- Zsolt Szabo, Vice President Business Innovations at Capgemini – ‘‘Trends in Mobility’’
- Philipp Essle, Technical Manager and Co-founder at Talaria – “A quick look into UAM, what is everyone doing? Is there a dominant design?”
- Rui Roosien, R&D Consultant at NLR – ‘’UAM in the city’’
- Joost Hakkaart, Head of Helicopters & Aeronautics Department at NLR – ‘’Development of air taxi’s and the possibilities in the Netherlands’’
After these introduction presentations, we split up in two groups and had discussions about the following subjects: ‘’We should not fly people before we are convinced that the technology & infrastructure is safe enough’’, ‘’Airspace in the Netherlands is already limited which will make UAMs near impossible to fit in’’ and ‘’Which new skills are needed for the engineers and professionals working in the UAM sector ?’’. One of the main outcomes of this discussion was sustainability. How do you make UAM a sustainable business that is not just for the ‘’happy few’’?
If you have any suggestions for future meetings or want to host a meeting concerning Urban Air Mobility, please email Wilma Pronk at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Round Table was made possible by a TKI HTSM grant.