NEXA Advisors of McLean, VA is increasing the number of cities in the groundbreaking study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets 2020-2040, announced Michael Dyment, Managing Partner, at the Vertical Flight Society’s Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 forum last week. With the addition of a new city this month, the total is now 75, with more to come over the next few months.
Essential data for each of the 75 metropolitan areas can be accessed through the NEXA web portal, which includes content-in-context for UAM planning purposes. The interactive maps feature heliports—many of them currently unregistered or unused—airports, hospitals, ports, subways, Fortune 1000 companies, the power grid, and countless other data necessary to determine the earliest UAM vertipairs—the vertiports where eVTOL vehicles will depart and arrive. The study also offers for each city the number of projected vertiports built out in phases, estimated yearly passengers in four growth phases through 2040, total infrastructure costs, total UAM air traffic management costs, and total vehicle costs. In addition, the study forecasts each city’s cumulative revenues by market: airport shuttles, emergency services, on demand air taxi, business aviation, and more.
Over the 20-year forecast, NEXA projects roughly $500B economic impact from UAM, with operator revenues at $400B, UAM vehicle sales at $40B, and infrastructure at roughly $70B. The map below provides the 75 cities currently in the study with the top 15 cities’ GDP.
Exploring each of the cities uses the following tools:
City-to-City Benchmarking – This tool permits “Big Data” analysis of cities as they compare with each other using over 25 factors such as “readiness”, per GDP capita, business concentration, education levels, existing heliports, etc.
Web Application Maps – These export maps contain up to 33 layers of information accurately portrayed by city and surrounding area.
ArcGIS Geo-Coded Maps – All layers are accurately coded by geo-coordinates at a resolution of less than 1 meter. While these appear similar to the Web Application Maps, data sets are high resolution and feature-rich. For example, commercial airports denote passenger O/D traffic and general aviation airports denote business aircraft fleets residing at those locations.
In addition, the study offers Supply Chain Data Sets. The following supply chains include over 2,000 companies, meticulously mapped through Tiers 0 to 3:
- UAM Ground Infrastructure Supply Chain: Lists vertiport designers and builders, firms that perform environmental studies, etc.
- UATM CNS/ATM traffic Management Systems Supply Chain: Names airspace designers, firms that provide geo-fencing services, UATM automation, etc.
- UAM eVTOL Manufacturers: Catalogs manufacturers well along in developing electric eVTOL, hydrogen cell designs, Medevac capable vehicles, etc.
- UAM eVTOL Manufacturing Supply Chain: Lists suppliers of electric motors, propellers, avionics systems, hydrogen fuel cells, recharging systems, etc.
Also provided in the study is information on the world’s top infrastructure funds, as well as City Part 135 (or equivalent) helicopter operators (those currently operating helicopters through charter services in cities today), along with fleet composition and contact information.