July 6, 2023
Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft may soon pose new and unprecedented challenges to existing aviation security processes and protocols.
In anticipation, Burns coordinated with Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and key aviation leaders to produce the industry’s first guidance for aviation stakeholders.
Supporting the National Safe Skies Alliance (Safe Skies), Burns led research and development on the report, Security Considerations for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Operations at Airports, through the Safe Skies’ Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS).
Up until now, the AAM industry has lacked clear security requirements, standards, or guidelines. The Safe Skies report offers planning and implementation strategies for stakeholders to address potential security threats from eVTOLs. Plans are underway to operate these personal aerial vehicles for transporting cargo or passengers to facilities located within or directly outside airside environments.
Burns Insights: For more on how advances in eVTOL aircraft may influence airport infrastructure and operations, read Advanced Air Mobility Takes Flight by Aviation Security Lead Rene Rieder Jr. CPP, PSP, ASC.
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