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An Airport & Vertiport/Aircraft Compatibility Approach of Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Aircraft Design

Gaël Le Bris, Loup-Giang Nguyen, WSP USA

https://doi.org/10.4050/F-0079-2023-18060

Abstract:
Most ongoing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft projects focus on the development of products that meet the needs of urban air mobility (UAM). The use cases that eVTOL aircraft could fulfill include intra-urban passenger mobility, cargo delivery, and emergency medical services (EMS). As UAM intends to provide point-to-point mobility service, it will need to leverage heliport facilities and create new vertiports on existing city real estate (e.g., high-rise building and parking garage rooftops). In order to achieve this, eVTOL aircraft design shall be, as far as practicable, compatible with the infrastructure available. The various aspects of eVTOL/vertiport and airport compatibility were investigated, and a list of criteria was established. The paper describes how key eVTOL design features interact with aviation facilities, and how and why careful aircraft design taking the ground infrastructure into consideration is important to maximize compatibility and facilitate UAM implementation by minimizing the need for costly and impactful capital investments. Considerations should be given to several features, including but not limited to the general aircraft configuration, passenger accessibility, electric and hybrid propulsion systems, and the charging and refueling systems. The review of existing heliport/vertiport facilities representing the diversity of the ground infrastructure in selected large metropolitan areas against over 100 eVTOL concepts and original designs provide an insight of the challenges ahead. The assessment of aviation risks expands the aircraft/airport compatibility conversation to fostering operational safety and efficiency 'by design'. Finally, the role of standardization in further reducing compatibility issues through industry standards and best practices in aircraft design, airport/vertiport design, and aircraft/airport operations is also discussed.


An Airport & Vertiport/Aircraft Compatibility Approach of Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Aircraft Design

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  • 13 pages
  • SKU # : F-0079-2023-18060
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An Airport & Vertiport/Aircraft Compatibility Approach of Electric Vertical Takeoff & Landing Aircraft Design

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Gaël Le Bris, Loup-Giang Nguyen, WSP USA