New global trade association brings drones and air taxis to cities and rural communities
The Civic Air Transport Association (www.CIVATAglobal.org) starts work today supporting rural and city authorities to assess, manage and adopt increasingly complex unmanned air system (UAS) services by creating a knowledge transfer community of governing bodies and the aviation industry.
“CIVATAglobal is the global trade association of the advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) sectors,” says the association’s Director General Andrew Charlton, “bringing together cities and industries in a single global community.
CIVATAglobal has an ambitious work programme so that from day one members will be engaged in presenting a common voice to regulators and policy makers, developing guidance material, organising events and identifying and promulgating best-practice procedures in areas such as community engagement and environmental protection.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has in many ways been a catalyst for the drone industry, highlighting the potential for drones to deliver vital medical supplies and help sanitise public areas in a cost-effective and safe way,” says Charlton. “Cities and communities around the world have seen the benefits these new technologies can deliver – it is vital that these experiences are built-upon now rather than dissipate so we can develop more complex drone delivery and first-responder operations while paving the way for future air taxi flights.”