ENAIRE, the national air navigation manager, has chosen Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela to carry out its first air taxi demonstrations. The test will arrive in 2022 and is part of two European projects where these flying vehicles that aim to conquer urban airspace, still to be regulated, will be tested.

The first of these projects is CORUS-XUAM and is led by Eurocontrol, while the second comes from the hand of Everis and receives the name AMU-LED. As described by company sources to El País, the flights from Galicia and Catalonia will use large platforms, In open spaces and depending on the regulation, people or test dummies will board.

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The “air taxi” will be tested in Spain

Santiago airport will become a logistics center for these “air taxis”, whose main objective according to the company is to manage the future mobility of people but will also focus on activities such as drone parcels. “It is necessary to take urban mobility to the third dimension, to the airspace, and to do it in a more efficient and sustainable way”, explained Ángel Luis Arias, director of ENAIRE.

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The demonstration of these flying taxis will not be the first in our country. In 2021, the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA) prepares to carry out its own tests. Beyond public agencies, Spanish companies such as Tecnalia have already shown their prototypes and other companies such as the Chinese company eHang will test their models in Spanish territory, specifically Seville.

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Will not be until 2023 when the European Union plans to establish the regulatory framework of airspace for a height of less than 150 meters. For the moment, these tests will serve to help define it and will have a certified category, which includes both these air taxis and other flying vehicles such as helicopters.

Multiple companies have shown their prototypes. From Uber, which intends to start operations in 2023 with the help of NASA, the promising startup Lilium that already flies at 100 km / h and prepares its commercial arrival for 2025 to the Boeing NeXt vehicle, an electric air taxi that has already carried out its tests in 2019 but it is rumored about its closure. There will be wait for the next few years to see if these vehicles get off the ground Really.

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Source : Engadget