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The Future of Flight: Next Steps Towards AAM Facilities at Airports

A blog by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

At the AAAE/ACC Planning and Design Symposium, join Transportation Planner Erin Sheelen, AICP, (Kimley-Horn) and other aviation professionals for a session titled AAM for Airfield Engineers on March 6th from 3:45-5:00 PM. Erin is joining industry experts Steven Derengowski (InterVISTAS), Jaime Castro (Henderson Engineers), Christopher Hazell (Joby Aviation), and John Dermody (Office of Airport Safety and Standards, Federal Aviation Administration) to discuss Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and associated challenges with policy and infrastructure.

Arlington Municipal Airport and the Case for AAM

AAM and electrical vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft are part of the future of aerial mobility. AAM provides more efficient and sustainable transportation and is projected to be widely implemented by communities, government agencies, and more in the next decade.

However, AAM adopters may face many challenges when designing and implementing this evolving infrastructure.

In this upcoming session, learn more about AAM implementation considerations—from stakeholder feedback to space constraints for mixed-use infrastructure, environmental clearances, funding, and grant assurances—through the case study of the Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY). Additionally, discover how priority was given to the long-term needs of GKY throughout the AAM planning process to ensure that future goals and developments were aligned and operations were scalable.

Through more case studies and project examples, session attendees can expect to learn about the future of AAM, and industry experts will also answer questions about AAM, eVTOL, Vertiports, charging solutions, implementation, and policy and infrastructure challenges. Come to this session ready to ask questions and learn about emerging technologies and lessons learned that will benefit your future AAM projects. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

Erin M. Sheelen
Erin M. Sheelen, AICP
Transportation Planner
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.