Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

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Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) describes a new transportation system that can help increase access to areas underserved by the current aviation industry. It uses emerging technologies, such as new vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft, to transport people or cargo at lower altitude and within shorter range than traditional aircraft. FAA partners with other Federal entities to conduct AAM-related research and development 

policy to ensure this new mode of transportation is safe. 

ATR’s AAM work focuses on the infrastructure needed to support this exciting new kind of transportation, such as well-designed vertiports – specialized areas for vertical aircraft takeoff and landing. Along with industry partners, ATR is working to build the knowledge base on topics like VTOL aircraft design and specifications, concepts of operations, infrastructure design, and takeoff and landing profiles.

Studies include:

1. A literature review and gap analysis; conceptual testing and simulations, and operational testing

2. An ongoing vertiport electrical infrastructure study in partnership with the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) 

These and other forthcoming studies will inform the policies, standards, and regulatory guidance necessary to make innovation a reality.


FAA research will support the development of vertiport-related guidance documents.


● Interim guidance on the use of existing heliports by VTOL

● Technical Reports on Several Vertiport Topics

● Advisory Circular(s)