ULTRA Vice Chairman Ron Leach and Senior Advisor Travis Moran will be participating in the the NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Ecosystem Working Groups from March 10-12th in College Park, Maryland


The primary purpose of the UAM ecosystem working groups is to share input, information and opinions that may help to accelerate the development of safe, high-volume UAM flight operations in the existing and anticipated future national airspace system. A broad participation from many organizations will enable NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the UAM community to supplement the existing efforts in the industry, focusing on understanding the viewpoints of a diverse group of stakeholders and an understanding of the ecosystem as a whole. The UAM ecosystem working groups, in coordination with the Grand Challenge series, industry developments and other ARMD efforts, will contribute to the enablement of UAM markets.

NASA seeks to accomplish the following goals:

  • Communicate the current and future state of the UAM ecosystem and align on terminology, challenges, barriers, and solutions.

  • Provide a forum to forge collaborative opportunities to advance the state of the art UAM, including establishing new industry partnerships.

  • Increase awareness of NASA’s research and planned transition paths.

  • Develop a NASA-curated “Book of Requirements” for UAM technology, systems, and operations.

  • Support discussions of regulatory and standards development activities at the federal, state, and local level.

  • Inform the community on the current state of the industry to identify research gaps and areas of highest industry need.

  • Engage the public on UAM, including stakeholders from state and local governments.


The working group participants will be asked to share their diverse expertise, information and opinions on these topics.  The working groups will be a forum to communicate industry demonstrations, research and development (R&D) priorities, and share concepts that may enable UAM. Participants will help identify the critical parameters and standards that may impact the future framework development and approach for safety, certification, airspace, aircraft concepts, technologies, and architectures.

ULTRA Executive Director Ray Adams will be participating in the the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team DC Infrastructure Summit in Washington DC on March 12-13th, 2020


USHST/IWG Summit Invitation
6th Annual USHST Washington, DC Infrastructure Summit

The primary goal of this summit is to identify and assemble a diverse cross section of government and industry experts and leaders who can not only speak to the technical subject matter of low altitude aviation infrastructure for rotorcraft and Urban Air Mobility but who can also actively engage in advancing positive discussions towards improvements in this area. For this reason, we ask that groups be selective as to who their organization identifies to represent their interest and select individuals that can speak on their organization’s behalf.


ULTRA trustees Ray Adams and Ron Leach will be participating in the the Vertical Flight Society's Workshop at Rowan University on March 17-18th, 2020


The Vertical Flight Society is hosting its 2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) on March 17-18, 2020, at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey (not far from Philadelphia or the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City). 

This two-day meeting is the second in a series of solution-focused workshops — the first workshop in Sept. 2019. In the first workshop, industry representatives and regulators focused on the "defining challenges" of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, identifying key stakeholders and strategies for moving forward. 

This 2nd Workshop is dedicated to Infrastructure for the purpose of identifying foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. 

Segments of the workshop's discussion will dovetail directly into and leverage work currently underway by the International Helicopter Safety Foundation (IHSF) and the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) in which the Vertical Flight Safety actively collaborates.