Launch of the Congressional Advanced Air Mobility Caucus to promote technology education

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Led by U.S. Representatives Jay Obernolte (R-CA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), a new congressional group launched this week focused on educating the public about new aviation technologies and their advantages: the Advanced Air Mobility Caucus.

Its more than 20 founding members intend to take a bipartisan approach to increasing understanding of technologies that are expected to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) within a few years. Advanced air mobility aircraft include everything from drones to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) taxis, an extensive air transportation system for moving people and cargo between locations previously unserved or underserved by aviation.

“Imagine a future just a few years from now where, instead of summoning an Uber or Lyft, you walk to a nearby vertiport where an electric aerial vehicle hovers to pick you up and take you directly to your destination at a similar cost. to using a rideshare app today,” Obernolte said. “That’s the potential of Advanced Air Mobility, and its revolutionary nature is why we’re launching the Bipartisan Caucus on Advanced Air Mobility to ensure that Congress is committed to providing a regulatory framework that guides this industry in safety standards while enabling, not stifling, this innovation.”

AAM aircraft are expected to complement existing transportation networks and potentially create thousands of manufacturing, design, operations, and infrastructure jobs in the United States. With this in mind, members of the new caucus will seek policies to encourage industry and its transportation modernization, while promoting necessary safety and infrastructure needs.

“Advanced innovations in air mobility, such as vertical take-off electric vehicles, hold promise as new sustainable modes of transportation for commercial and private use,” Panetta said. “This bipartisan caucus will broaden industry awareness at the federal level and foster future partnerships with members on both sides of the aisle. Supporting this advanced aviation technology will reduce emissions, provide more efficient transportation options and create thousands of highly skilled manufacturing jobs.

The AAM caucus is supported by many aviation groups, including the National Business Aviation Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Air Transportation Association, Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International, National Association of State Aviation Officials and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

Ruby A. Robillard