FAA Approves Nation’s First Public-Use Vertiport in Blackstone, Virginia
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, September 27, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a significant milestone for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry, the FAA has issued the first conditional approval for a Vertiport at Allen C. Perkinson Blackstone Army Airfield (KBKT), in Blackstone, Virginia. This action creates a path for the airport to establish the first licensed public-use Vertiport in the state and the nation. NAVOS Air, a Virginia-based air navigation services company, was the proponent of the Vertiport, as part of a project funded by the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) through the Virginia Commonwealth Center of Innovation for Autonomous Systems (C2IAS) grant program.
Blackstone Army Airfield (KBKT) is a dual-use airport for military and civilian flight operations. After it is licensed by the Virginia Department of Aviation, the Vertiport will be established and used as part of research on an end-to-end concept of operations NAVOS Air developed based on modifying and designing terminal instrument procedures and enroute infrastructure specifically for Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) and AAM use cases, with Vertiports serving as the anchors to that system. AAM is the next generation of the aviation industry that seeks to connect previously underserved markets with innovative aircraft powered by emerging technologies.
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