After safety and public adoption, noise and public acceptance are the biggest challenges facing urban air transport. Opposition to noise has constricted, and in many cases eliminated, helicopter services in cities. Unless electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft are significantly quieter, the idea of ubiquitous on-demand urban aviation is a nonstarter. “I think it is noise that will really hinder acceptance. If there is no community acceptance, there is no UAM or UTM” said Greg Deeds, President of Silicon Valley AUVSI, as he announced this landmark event. “Urban Air Mobility 2017 is the next evolutionary meeting of the minds in aviation and unmanned. We began in 2015 with UTM at NASA Ames, and now we are discussing Urban Air Mobility in 2017. Our venue of Hiller Aviation Museum on San Carlos Airport makes for a true fly-in event.” This inclusive, high impact day will take a new fresh look at our next 12 months.
Join thought leaders from Facebook, NASA, FAA, DHS, Silicon Valley AUVSI, and many other leading scientists, venture capitalists, and politicians as we study the landscape of UAM at our annual conference. The Hiller Aviation Museum will be closed to the public to host this 1st annual event November 2, 2017. Attendees will not only get to tour this iconic museum, they will also have an opportunity to take pictures with the AVIATO car from HBO’s hit show, Silicon Valley. Box lunches will be provided, as well as refreshments throughout the day.