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Up, Up, and Away: Innovations in Advanced Air Mobility

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A New U.S. DOT Volpe Center-FAA Thought Leadership Series

Today, we are on the cusp of a new era in aviation.

Drones, electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, and other kinds of innovations have the potential to help us tackle some of our most difficult challenges and achieve major breakthroughs that will lead us to a new aviation system ecosystem. We must consider how to move quickly to embrace new technologies while ensuring that the aviation system of the future is safer, more efficient, equitable, and sustainable.

In August 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in coordination with the National Security Council, hosted the first ever White House Summit on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) as part of its commitment to ensuring that the U.S. remains the global leader in aviation and other emerging technologies. 

On October 17, 2022, the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act (Public Law 117- 53, Section 516) was signed into law by President Biden. The law creates a new leadership role for the U.S. DOT and, among other things, mandates the establishment of a new AAM interagency working group and development of a national strategy for AAM. Carlos Monje, Undersecretary of Transportation for Policy, is leading development of the strategy in coordination with FAA and agencies across government. In addition, the Drone Advisory Committee has been recast as the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee. It is a broad-based federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the FAA on key unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and AAM integration issues, interests, and policies.

The U.S. DOT Volpe Center has a long tradition of facilitating knowledge exchange across the transportation community and bringing together our experts, our sponsors and other government officials, prominent academics, and forward-thinking industry and non-profit leaders to discuss fresh approaches to emerging transportation challenges. And FAA and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and other key stakeholders have been federal partners in laying the foundation for the aviation system of the future for more than 50 years.

In November 2023 through February 2024, FAA and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, in coordination with the Office of the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, collaborated on a new thought leadership series focused on AAM. Moderated by U.S. DOT Volpe Center Director Anne D. Aylward, this series furthers our partnership for the public good.

Speaker Series Final Report

Up, Up, and Away Final Report

Read the Up, Up, and Away final report.

Speaker Lineup

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Series Kickoff: Innovations in Advanced Air Mobility

Carlos Monje, Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, U.S. DOT 

Katie Thomson, Deputy Administrator, FAA 

Robert Hampshire, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Science Officer, U.S. DOT 

Laurence Wildgoose, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, FAA

Elan Head, Senior Editor, The Air Current 

Calendar icon 30 November 2023

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Safety and Advanced Air Mobility

Derek Morgan, Chief Operations Manager, Aircraft Certification, Aviation Safety, FAA

Cindy Comer, Director, Certification and Safety Management System, Wisk 

Eric Allison, Head of Product, Joby Aviation 

Blain Newton, Chief Operating Officer, BETA Technologies

Calendar icon 7 December 2023

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Transformation: Urban Air Mobility Concept of Operations

Paul Fontaine, Assistant Administrator for Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), FAA

Robert Pearce, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), NASA 

Steve Bradford, Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Architecture and Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Development, FAA 

Calendar icon 19 December 2023

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Environmentally Responsible Advanced Air Mobility

Julie Marks, Acting Executive Director, Office Environment and Energy, FAA  

Stephen Rizzi, PhD, Senior Researcher for Aeroacoustics, NASA Langley Research Center 

Christopher Roof, Chief, Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division, U.S. DOT Volpe Center 

Calendar icon 17 January 2024

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Considerations for Equity in Advanced Air Mobility

Yolanka Wulff, Executive Director and Co-founder, Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI); Member, FAA AAM Advisory Committee 

Okeoma Moronu, Head of Global Aviation Regulatory Affairs, Zipline International 

Calendar icon 23 January 2024

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International Collaboration in Advanced Air Mobility

Annie Petsonk, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. DOT 

Lirio Liu, Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, FAA

Chris Carter, Director, Asia Pacific Region, FAA 

Calendar icon 6 February 2024

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Series Finale: The Advanced Air Mobility Workforce of the Future

Laurence Wildgoose, Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs, and Environment, FAA  

Robin Riedel, Partner, Aerospace and Defense, Travel, Transportation and Logistics, and Sustainability, McKinsey Center for Future Mobility  

Becky Lutte, PhD, Chair of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Aviation Worldwide 

Calendar icon 15 February 2024

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*The views of the speakers may not represent the views of U.S. DOT. 

Contact Us

Ellen E. Bell 

Director of Strategic Initiatives for Research and Innovation

U.S. DOT Volpe Center

Email:
Ellen.Bell@dot.gov

Terry Wadley

Acting Deputy Director, Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment National Engagement and Regional Administration

Federal Aviation Administration

Email:
Terry.Wadley@faa.gov 

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