Democratizing Air Mobility with Jon Rimanelli - Part 2

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How do you avoid a traffic jam in the air?


While this seems like a ridiculous question, it's one of the main problems urban air vehicle developers have to solve. That’s because while having a traffic jam on the road can be unbearable, it's harmless, but a traffic jam in the air can be fatal.


For urban air taxis to become a reality, they must turn their new flashy and near-fictional idea into something tangible and executable. This will involve working with governments to establish clear and reliable operating standards. If done properly, it will make convincing the public to adopt the new transportation mode easier.


In this episode, the first part of two, Ed Bernardon interviews Jon Rimanelli, founder and CEO of Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX), a company developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to transform mobility between cities, suburbs, and airports. He will share with us how urban air vehicles will work and the capabilities of the Sigma 6 aircraft.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • Do you think there will be hesitancy to use urban air vehicles? (10:00)
  • When do you think your model aircraft will be ready to fly for several miles? (13:19)
  • What will be the range and cargo capacity of your aircraft? (14:13)
  • Do you think pod-type air vehicles will become commonplace? (15:58)
  • What do you think we’ll see in air mobility in 30 years? (22:18)

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The traffic challenge of air taxis and how it can be solved (02:09)
  • How urban air vehicles will be able to achieve safe separation (06:15)
  • What he learned along the way when building the Sigma 6 aircraft (11:03)
  • Why low noise was a priority when developing Sigma 6 aircraft (19:03)
  • Sigma 6’s manufacturability attribute (20:41)

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