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MCO, Embry-Riddle, Conduct AAM Impact Study

Orlando International Airport (MCO) and researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are conducting a systematic evaluation of the impacts of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles, such as air taxis and autonomous air delivery aircraft, on airport operations.

The project, which uses advanced simulation modeling to study how to increase safety and air traffic flow efficiency with the integration of advanced air mobility aircraft into existing airports, is a collaboration between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation; and the university’s Center for Aerospace Resilient Systems (CARS).

“Our partnership with Embry-Riddle symbolizes a commitment to solidify Florida as the leader in this emerging technology,” said Kevin Thibault, CEO of GOAA. “By using modeling software to explore how AAM vehicles may impact airport operations, along with learning more about how to integrate AAM into controlled airspace, we will be better prepared to begin testing for real-world scenarios.”