Australia’s Greenbird launches air mobility platform

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Companies like Volocopter are making inroads into the AAM industry. (IMAGE: Volocopter)

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry is gaining traction in Australia with the recent announced of the development of “Greenbird”, an industry collaboration platform started by aviation players Keith Tonkin and Sara Hales of AVISTRA. Greenbird wants to increase local capabilities, leverage international experience and connect industry organisations and government to develop an aviation ecosystem that offers sustainable air mobility for everyone, the two said.

Managing Director Sara Hales said emerging aviation technologies offer capability over a wide range of missions, improvements in the cost of air transport and genuine progress towards the decarbonisation of air transport. “We are launching an industry collaboration platform that will bring together international expertise, local industry participants and government to work together towards a vision where air mobility is for everyone and it doesn’t cost the Earth” she said.

A key metric to the success of building this ecosystem is ensuring the involvement of people with experience working within Australia’s trusted aviation safety and regulatory system. “Initially, we’re talking about a four to six, electric-powered, piloted aircraft carrying passengers or urgent freight. This is an extension of the commercial, safety and regulatory work we do every day,” said Tonkin.

Greenbird is currently in discussions with global aircraft manufacturers, vertiport providers, aircraft operators and other stakeholders. The group said recently that Aviation Projects is formally joining Greenbird as a founding ecosystem partner. Aviation Projects plans to convert ideas into sustainable, cost effective, operationally efficient, technically compliant and future-proofed aviation infrastructure solutions.

Greenbird also announced that Aviator Group has joined as a founding ecosystem partner. As a leading Australian operator of rotary wing aircraft, Aviator Group is well positioned to be an early user of emerging aviation technologies such as eVTOL aircraft, Greenbird said.

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