NASA’s vision for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Mission is to help emerging aviation markets to safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible.

NASA awarded Oneida County a contract in August 2020 to conduct research in automation technology to support high-density vertiport operations that facilitate the vertical takeoff and landing of large-scale unmanned aircraft across populated areas.

NUAIR managed the $897,000 NASA task order for Advanced Air Mobility and vertiport development on behalf of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY. The project team included 5-Alpha LLC, Boeing, Crown Consulting, Deloitte, General Aircraft Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), Mosaic ATM, NUAIR, and Oneida County.

The project concluded at the end of July 2021, producing three innovative and industry leading documents:

Vertiport Trade Study
Vertiport Concept of Operations
Vertiport Software Architecture
Vertiport Infrastructure

NUAIR continues to work with NASA, FAA and industry to advance the reality of Advanced Air Mobility and vertiport technology.