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The Vancouver region is a promising site for advanced air mobility (AAM) deployment. Are we ready for takeoff?

Proximity to major markets and hubs and the presence of a major intermodal transportation hub, innovation ecosystem, and numerous beneficiary sectors make our region a desirable launchpad for this frontier technology.

This report is written for an audience of stakeholders and policy regulators already interested in learning more about how to strategically deploy advanced air mobility. The report provides insight into some of the successes and difficulties encountered in global AAM hubs and outlines the most important and promising areas that need to be addressed in order to maximize the economic, environmental and social benefits of AAM deployment in the Vancouver region.

Download our report to find out:

  1. How AAM deployment in the Vancouver region could aid sectors like public health, agriculture and disaster response
  2. What global AAM hubs have done to foster successful AAM ecosystems
  3. Some of the necessary steps to leverage Vancouver and BC’s existing strengths, and to maximize the sector’s benefits to the region

What is advanced air mobility’s biggest potential benefit to the region?

AAM is a still-evolving space with new technologies and regulatory challenges. These challenges must be addressed to maximise the social benefit of AAM’s dynamic slate of numerous potential uses, values and opportunities.

Project team:

Project leads: ZhiYuan Chua (lead), Dr. Robin Lindsey, James Raymond
Reviewers: Sanja Boskovic, Yolanka Wulff
VEC Project support: Courtney Crichton, Janine Lam

With VEC editorial support from Claire Campbell, Mike Lai, Sonu Lake and Ingrid Valou

The project team thanks all interviewees and project participants for giving us the opportunity and time to share their insights on Advanced Air Mobility.

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An Economic Transformation Lab initiative

VEC delivers this report in partnership with UBC Sauder School of Business and MITACS through the Economic Transformation Lab (ETL), a research program developed by the Vancouver Economic Commission to prepare Vancouver’s economy for global trends anticipated to impact the region within the next 15 years.

By leveraging academic and industry collaborations, ETL aims to produce research that results in actionable goals, best practices, and insights that inform policy advocacy or programs to build Vancouver’s economic resilience.

Land Acknowledgement

The Vancouver Economic Commission respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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