Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

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The issue of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is at the heart of Groupe ADP's innovation approach to the development of new mobility. At the Paris Air Show in 2019, Groupe ADP unveiled the first outlines of a Vertiport, a facility dedicated to the reception of VTOLs (Vertical Take Off Landing), also commonly known as "flying cabs".

But in order to create the necessary conditions for these flights and coconstruct an ecosystem combining vehicles, infrastructure, airspace management, environment, operations and passenger services, Groupe ADP decided to have a full-scale experimental platform; the site chosen to conduct these experiments is the Pontoise-Cormeilles-en-Vexin general aviation aerodrome. Some specific development work will be carried out there to then start a global experiment that includes ground and approach operations, technologies (VTOL manufacturers, power supply, passenger and freight control), infrastructures.... These experiments will also aim to support the definition of the AMU's regulatory framework for France and Europe.

ADP Ingénierie (ADPI) has been involved in this project alongside its parent company, in the search for sites for future vertiports at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle platform. Indeed, ADP Ingénierie played a key role in identifying the Pontoise site as an experimental site according to a multi-criteria analysis comparing the different Parisian general aviation aerodromes in the Ile-de-France region. ADP Ingénierie will also carry out the infrastructure studies for the airside part; this includes the FATO (VTOL take-off and landing area), the taxiways and the parking lot. The particularity of this study is to imagine the future operations of such machines. There are still uncertainties, particularly in terms of regulations, but also in terms of flight performance and operations (blast, wingspan, weight, etc.) as well as engine power and energy autonomy. The design of the vertiport was based on existing regulations defining helicopter operations.

In order to develop these regulations and set up a regulatory framework adapted to this new technology, ADP Ingénierie participates in working groups between RATP, Groupe ADP and the DGAC, as well as the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), and is a member of the Advisory Board for the European AW-Drone project. On September 30th, 2020, the official launch of the electric VTOL system took place in Pontoise, in the presence of Valérie Pécresse, President of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, Edward Arkwright, Executive Director General of Groupe ADP and Catherine Guillouard, President and CEO of RATP Group. Several ADP Ingénierie employees attended the official launch. Michael Leymarie Architect - Urban Airport Expert said: "It is very encouraging for us, who have responded to a project management assistance mission launched by the Innovation Hub in 2019, to see that our advice is being followed and that the timetable for the eVTOL (Electrical Vertical Take Off Landing) adventure is moving forward". Samia Belhaj, Innovation Manager, adds: "It's a beautiful project that is already attracting a lot of attention. We are happy to see that the Île de France region is supporting the project alongside the major groups that have launched it. This dynamic could make Paris the benchmark for Urban Air Mobility in Europe." A first manufacturer, the German company Volocopter, came to present its new eVTOL, the "VOLOCITY", which is in the process of being certified by the EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency).

An international call for expressions of interest RE.INVENT AIR MOBILITY - whose aim is to unite an ecosystem of major groups, SMEs, start-ups, laboratories and universities over the long term around future innovative solutions for urban air mobility - has just been launched. This call is a unique opportunity for all those wishing to apply to join a roadmap that is already under way, with an experimental field at Pontoise aerodrome, a demonstration of services during the 2024 Paris Olympics and links already established with regulatory and political stakeholders. ADP Ingénierie will of course be present and invites other partners to join them.

Urban Air Mobility (UAM)

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