This article is part of our continuation Fast Forward Series, Which examines technological, economic, social and cultural changes as well as business evolution.
Just before Christmas, the city of Los Angeles sued the Federal Aviation Administration.
“The F.A.A. Los Angeles City Councilman, David Rew, “Los Angeles City Councilman, Told reporters When the lawsuit was filed.
While criticizing the impact, some of the F.H.A. It found fault with its intention, which allows airlines at many airports in the country to reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions. However, after flying with more short-haul planes at these airports, including the Hollywood Burbank, the parades suddenly encountered the jet’s voice outside the flight path. In addition to Los Angeles, several communities have challenged the FAA’s program.
This promising technology should spark widespread frustration – an education for pioneering industries on many fronts – drone delivery has been widely promoted at home and offices, but efforts to reverse supersonic air travel may be less known. And the future scenario where pilotless air taxis fly across the city still looks fantastic.
But real-world models of these concepts are already being tested and they stand to significantly alter public relations with flying. As the vision and sound of the aircraft become more integrated into everyday life, will the unintended consequences of new aircraft traffic in Los Angeles also create citizen outrage?
“There is excitement over this development and prickly policy discussions,” said Melinda Pagliellrello, senior director of environmental affairs at the Industrial Group Airport Council-North America. “Like Jetson, ‘look at cool technology,’ is a policy discussion that should have taken place.
This is easier said than done. Even the financial partners of this emerging technology are not sure how everything ends.
“We think about it every day, plus and minus,” said Duncan Walker, co-founder and CEO of Skyports, which builds and manages Airport It can be used for vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Some consequences can be planned for, but others, especially those that affect people’s lives and social behavior, are more challenging. “It’s hard to try to guess what people do,” he said.
Supersonic transport is not new – Concorde sailed from 1976 to 2003 – so that can be predicted. According to Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Left Supersonic, if SSTs are to work this time, a better business model and access to more travelers are needed.
“It’s going to be affordable for any business class flying today, so York, a $ 5 round-trip, from New York to London,” Mr. Scholl told Podcast “Hod this existence,” about the 4-seat overture supersonic transport boom. Said it was working.
The most obvious impact will be on carbon emissions. Supersonic transports can be eaten in an attempt to reduce the footprint of the airline industry as the planes consume more fuel per passenger than the current aircraft. A spokeswoman for the boom said 1000 to 2,000 overture planes can fly within the first 10 years of service.
“During their lifetime, 2,000 commercial SSTs emitted about one-fifth of the entire carbon budget of international aircraft,” said Dan Rutherford, author of the study on the environmental impacts of these aircraft. International Council on Clean Transport.
Mr Rutherford reports, “This will make the industry’s goal of preventing CO2 emissions more challenging.”
Recovering these planes has already prompted pushback in the face of growing discontent due to the continued growth of air travel.
“The return of supersonic transport has wreaked havoc on my neck,” said the director of applied research at the city-centered non-profit NucityG, and co-author of “Aerotropolis: The Way We Live Next.” “
“This is a zeal for the promise of air travel that we can be like gods and travel the earth and be everywhere together at once. But why do you have to dismantle the world in one day? “
According to a survey by the industry website, fifty countries will soon allow or grant drones Unmanned aerial range. But the technology is much more advanced than the systems required to control the airspace.
“There are complexities that drive a lot of vehicles at the same time,” said Isabel del Pozo de Poza, director of unmanned traffic management for Airbus. “Drones are automatic; You can’t talk to them. Air traffic management still relies on voice communication.
Michael Zahra, president and chief, says everyone will soon be buying with a drone, the current technology business-to-business application, delivery to hard-to-access locations and, when speed becomes priority, drone delivery Canada’s executive.
“There are 3,000 oil rigs off the coast of South Texas and South Louisiana, and they have to get parts and supplies from shore to rig and from oil rig to oil rig,” said Zahr.
Since most drones are battery operated, they will have a lower carbon footprint than other transportation modes, though the benefits will be weighed in comparison to the required supports: conventionally operated warehouses, drone ports and charging stations.
As commercial drones get bigger, more will have to be lifted, more will be flown, and more abundant, leading the way in deciding whether or not the sky will become a commercial highway.
“People care, especially if it’s newly engaged,” says Patrick Sherman, a pilot and consultant for the industry. “If we can take anything from the first years, people are skeptical of this type of aircraft flying through the sky.”
Urban Air Mobility
Generally speaking, urban air-moving vehicles are large drones that can carry people.
Yihang, a Chinese company, is already conducting an experiment Pilotless aircraft That can carry two passengers. It arranges to start the aircraft in Guangzhou City. Uber Elevate plans to launch the aircraft in 2023 in two cities in the United States of America and Melbourne, Australia.
According to Fred Reed, global head of Airbnb’s transportation and a former president of a company that builds the city’s air-conditioned vehicles, the plane “has to be a million people twenty years from now.” “It’s a case of when and when it didn’t happen.”
He believes that aviation cannot help but become a more noticeable part of daily life. Sky ports will be required to connect transportation hubs to cities and to connect them to the outside community.
“We think about it every day, the pluses and subtractions,” says Mr O’Carr. “It’s hard to get answers from people until they can see and touch things.”
Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, says his company is committed to working with the community on sky port selection, though sites still have to make logical ideas.
“We have to be sensible and deliberate about how we should pick up sky ports to get off the ground,” said Mr Allison, “setting up bus and public transit and car connections to give people more options and options.”
Critics say Uber is promoting ride-hailing services considering ride-hailing services have played a role in the creation of highways on traffic-jammed roads, promoted by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. 20 to 20. Responsible for a 50 percent increase in traffic during the year.
Mr Lindsay of NewCity said that escaping the sky meant the problems of the world could be ignored. He hinted at Sao Paulo, Brazil, where hundreds of helicopters could take over the highway gridlock.
Mr Lindsay said, “It’s not about public transport, it’s about bringing the very rich people out of the sky to the world’s traffic problems.”
Although Yang has moved quickly to China, the progress of urban aviation in the United States will be slow. The aircraft has to be certified and the skyline has to be redefined. Air traffic systems and city sky ports need to be approved and built. Dr. Del Pozo de Poza says, “A complex ‘system of systems’ is needed.
Those who have experience with new aviation technology say the delay gives an opportunity that keeps people informed and anticipates problems. Still, that would be wrong.
“We don’t have all the answers right now. It will be something that will evolve and the industry will not get it for the first time, “Mr. Walker said.” Society can either accept or resist and mobility can change. “