NBAA Convention News

NBAA-BACE To Place Focus on Advanced Air Mobility

 - September 16, 2021, 9:22 AM
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen sees many opportunities for advanced air mobility vehicles and services in the business aviation sector, but much work lies ahead.

The emergence of advanced air mobility (AAM) will take a center stage at NBAA-BACE next month in Las Vegas with several manufacturers exhibiting, a panel scheduled that brings in key government leaders, and a keynote from a driving force behind the developing technology. NBAA-BACE is set to have its largest display of eVTOLs yet with exhibitors, including Bell, Honeywell, Jaunt Air Mobility, Kitty Hawk, Northern Plains UAS Test Site, Overair, and XTI Aircraft.

In addition, a number of AAM-focused presentations are slated to take place through October 12 to 14, including a panel on October 13 at 2 p.m. PDT that will explore federal perspectives on AAM from the perspectives of the FAA, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force.

Moderated by former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the panel also includes Steven Clarke, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate; Col. Nathan P. Diller, director of the U.S. AFWERX program that is focused on developing innovation; and Christopher Rocheleau, FAA acting associate administrator for aviation safety.

The leaders are anticipated to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of integrating eVTOL AAM vehicles into the current system and the need to work collaboratively on these issues.

“NBAA-BACE serves an important place to not only showcase innovation across our industry but to also discuss how these emerging technologies will be implemented,” said NBAA senior v-p of government affairs Christa Lucas. “We’re pleased to bring together these influential policymakers and thought leaders to host an important conversation about current work in the AAM space, how each agency is preparing and planning, and future policies and regulations in this space.”

In addition, Dr. Martine Rothblatt, NBAA’s Meritorious Service to Aviation Award recipient who plays a key role with multiple AAM companies, is a keynote speaker on the opening day of NBAA-BACE.