FAA Executive Director, Jay Merkle, of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office speaks about UAM on Jan. 13, 2020.

On Jan. 13, the US Transportation Research Board held a panel on “Automation Technology and Transportation,” with senior US government transportation officials. Notably, Jay Merkle the executive director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, spoke about urban air mobility (UAM) aircraft. “… these are aircraft that fill that void from 30 miles to 300 miles, between the small drones and the commercial aircraft we know today… We have at least six aircraft well along in their type certification, which is the first step in introducing the new aircraft into operation. We are beginning to work on integrating them operationally, so the pilot requirements, the airline operating requirements, and then were also beginning to work on the air space integration as well.” Merkle’s full comments are on www.eVTOL.news.

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