The first hub location for a high-speed electric air mobility network in the U.S. will be launched by 2025 in Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida. Lilium, the Munich-based aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet aircraft, Tavistock Development Company, and the City of Orlando today announced the country’s first urban and regional air mobility network as well as Lilium’s first U.S. network location.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is an aviation transportation system that will use highly automated aircraft to operate and transport passengers or cargo at lower altitudes within urban and suburban areas. With Lake Nona’s central location, the network provides the opportunity to connect more than 20 million Floridians within a 186-mile radius, serving several major cities including Orlando and Tampa. The Lake Nona vertiport will create more than 100 jobs in the Orlando area, with hundreds more to follow across Florida.
The Florida network forms part of Lilium’s vision of bringing regional air mobility to locations across the globe. The Lilium Jet aircraft can travel further and faster with distances of up to 186 miles (300km) within one hour on a single charge, enabling the connection of entire regions, creating significant economic impact for cities and their residents as well as increased access to industry, culture and nature.
Tavistock’s capabilities in design, planning, construction and development will support Lilium’s efforts in building this scalable, high-speed regional transportation system, across major locations in Florida.
The Republic of Korea Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport has also unveiled plans to build a UAM network, releasing the Korean Urban Air Traffic Roadmap. This is the government's first plan for urban air transportation and that will enable commuting to the sky.