AAM is an emerging aviation sector that will use new types of vehicles to transport passengers and cargo on short-haul, low altitude flights, with eVTOL aircraft similar in size to helicopters.
AAM will have a transformative impact on short to medium range air transport, as reduced costs and environmental impacts significantly expand the potential market for aviation. This includes:
- Regional Air Mobility – New passenger services connecting regional and remote Australia. This could significantly improve the accessibility of regional and rural towns, with implications for settlement patterns.
- Urban Air Mobility – Passenger services that can reduce travel times and congestion by flying over busy urban environments (e.g. city to airport routes).
- Drone cargo services – Highly automated, low-cost air cargo services which can drive productivity improvements across a range of industries, particularly those with high value and/or time critical goods.
- Government applications – AAM is expected to have a diverse range of applications in the government sector, particularly, defence, aeromedical services and emergency management.