JTC, the masterplanner for Seletar Aerospace Park, and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Skyports and Volocopter to explore ways the park can support the growth of the emerging Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector.
The MoU with Skyports, signed during the ongoing show on Thursday, will draw on the vertiport developer’s experience of building take-off and landing infrastructure for air taxis, to explore ideas for the future development of Seletar Aerospace Park. This includes facilities like an air taxi vertiport terminal, airside facilities and hangarage, as well as facilities to support research and development (R&D) and pilot training.
The MoU with Volocopter will study the feasibility of developing facilities and resources in Seletar Aerospace Park to carry out manufacturing and MRO activities for eVTOL aircraft.
“Singapore is a trailblazer for future mobility in the Asia Pacific region and we are delighted to be working with Economic Development Board and JTC to explore all the elements required to create an advanced air mobility hub at Seletar Aerospace Park,” said Yun Yuan Tay, Head of Asia Pacific at Skyports. “Skyports has based its Singapore operations out of Seletar Aerospace Park and can already see the potential for the facility to be integrated into a future network of vertiports.”
“This MoU signifies a concrete step towards our commercial rollout in Singapore. We’re grateful to our forward-looking partners – the Economic Development Board and JTC – for embarking on this journey with us,” said Christian Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer of Volocopter.
In 2019, Skyports and Volocopter showcased the first full-scale passenger air taxi vertiport prototype in Singapore, with a view to creating a network of vertiports and an initial commercial air taxi service in the city state by 2024.
“Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an emerging area that presents strong growth opportunities for Singapore. EDB is committed to ensuring that Singapore is well-positioned to capture these opportunities, through the creation of an enabling ecosystem in Seletar Aerospace Park that can support a wide range of activities such as manufacturing and R&D,” said Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President, EDB.
Alvin Tan, JTC’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Industry Cluster Group said: “With its vibrant aerospace ecosystem and purpose-built infrastructure, Seletar Aerospace Park is well placed to attract the world’s top advanced air mobility players. We see potential synergies
between the advanced air mobility players and the Park’s key players, and look forward to facilitating collaborations.”
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