Singapore has signed two agreements with urban air mobility companies Volocopter and Skyports to explore ways to grow the fledging sector at the Seletar Aerospace Park.
The partnership, which was unveiled on the first day of the Singapore air show, will see the two companies work with JTC – the developer of the aerospace park – as well the country’s Economic Development Board (EDB). Seletar has been earmarked as a future Advanced Air Mobility hub.
The partnership with Volocopter will examine the development of MRO facilities for electric take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.
Meanwhile, the Singapore government hopes to tap into Skyports’ expertise in vertiport development to explore the creation of the required infrastructure for air taxis, including terminals, airside facilities and hangarage, as well as facilities to support research and development (R&D) and pilot training.
Singapore has signalled its support to develop the urban air mobility sector. At the opening ceremony of the show, deputy prime minister Heng Swee Keat says his government will work closely with industry players and “capitalise on the growth” of the global eVTOL market.
“We hope to create an enabling ecosystem for a wide range of activities – from R&D, commercialisation, manufacturing, to eventually MRO,” he says.
Singapore is considering trial eVTOL flights along its southern waterfront region, and will work with Volocopter and Skyports.