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What the Flying…?!

Introducing Air Mobility to Cities

Can you imagine riding on a carpet above the city to your bank or medical appointment? Or receiving deliveries from a bird flying over the traffic?

Use cases for air transport in the city are increasing: urgent medical deliveries, transport to remote areas, construction site surveillance, etc. Drones and aircrafts start appearing as a potential transport mode over cities. But what are the risks? How to make sure they will not invade urban skies and disturb citizens’ quality of life?

Research is on-going to support cities and regions benefit from this great opportunity, while addressing the risks it entails. From testing services to defining rules, several experiments are conducted in different parts of Europe.

In this session, you will hear from municipalities, drone operators, and research centers how they set up the right conditions for experimentations, what they design and test, and what results they obtain. Though not exhaustive, you should leave this workshop with a better idea of what could fall from the sky tomorrow!

First, we will showcase international cooperation and experiments for cities’ and remote areas’ interconnection. Second, we will present specific use cases of unmanned aircraft in the city and the anticipated risks related to their operation. Finally, we will raise awareness on all available material for cities and regions to get ready for the third dimension.

Speakers from publicly funded projects will explain their objectives and methods, which include stakeholder engagement, regulation and standards definition, and uptake by relevant authorities and service providers.

Come discover how YOU can prepare and define what air transport city you want to be!


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Tor Iversen is part time Project Manager (aviation matters) in Green Flyway, a joint interregional project in Mid-Sweden and Mid-Norway. The project is developing a world class, one-of-a-kind test arena test arena for electric aircraft, UAS, ATS and ground support located in the middle of the countries. He has worked as Communications Director with the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, before offering his consultancy services to authorities on the development of sustainable aviation in Norway and Sweden.

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Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen is Professor at university of South Eastern Norway since January 2008. She is the co-founder of several international research groups and networks on data science, artificial intelligence, related innovations. She holds a Ph.D. in Automation, and has several years combined teaching and research IT experience from several well-known international institutions. She served as an expert evaluator for the European commission.

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Intellectual property lawyer and communication specialist, Morgane Hebert-Vernhes has worked in the French diplomatic network, and as communication manager on several highly innovative projects. She is now leading the communication, dissemination and collaboration activities of TindAIR project, a SESAR Urban Air Mobility very large-scale demonstration. She is working for Aerospace Valley, the first European competitiveness cluster for the aerospace sector, serving three strategic industries – Aeronautics, Space and Drones.

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Philip Durnford manages Stavanger Smart City’s activities in the European Union AiRMOUR project, which has the task of discovering how to support medical services with drones. He has a background in product- and service development and sales, with experience from the wind power industry, sustainable housing and diverse start-up businesses.

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Manon Coyne is a project officer at POLIS Network. She is involved in several EU-funded projects on the topics of regulations of vehicle access to cities, data sharing in mobility, workforce and urban transport automation, and urban air mobility. She is responsible for communication and stakeholder engagement in USEPE, a SESAR JU funded project developing and testing a new drones separation method. She holds two master’s degrees in political sciences from Paris and Berlin, and has studied economics in Russia.

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