NASA Partnership – Community Integration
The City of Orlando was one of five government entities (and the only municipality) selected to participate in NASA’s new AAM aero-research partnership, an initiative that allows NASA’s aeronautical innovators to work with participating governments to define what it means to be a sustainable, resilient community with AAM as a significant new mode of public transportation. In collaboration with the government cohort, NASA and the University of California, Berkley published the Advanced Air Mobility Community Integration Considerations Playbook. The purpose of this document is to serve as a practical resource that can help provide initial information to inform local, regional, state, and tribal planning for AAM. The national partners included:
- City of Orlando
- Massachusetts DOT
- Minnesota DOT
- North Central Texas Council of Governments.
- Ohio DOT
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
The City of Orlando participated as a member of the FDOT Advanced Air Mobility Working Group (AAMWG) established in 2022. The AAMWG was composed of 50 stakeholders from various agencies including FDOT officials and consultants, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), local governments, and other industry stakeholders. Over the course of four working sessions held across the state, the Working Group identified four key areas of focus for the implementation of AAM: Public Education and Community Engagement; Infrastructure and Zoning; System Planning and Access; and Airspace and Safety.
The wAAMWG developed a report which examines the different roles and responsibilities of federal, state, and local governments and provided recommendations based on those roles. Recommendations were developed for each area of focus and grouped based on the categories: Legislative, Regulatory, Advisory, and Local Government. A copy of the report as well as additional FDOT AAM resources can be found on the State’s AAM portal: Advanced Air Mobility (fdot.gov)
World Economic Forum’s Advanced and Urban Aerial Mobility Cities and Regions Coalitions
The City of Orlando is a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Advanced and Urban Aerial Mobility Cities and Regions Coalitions, which launched in March 2022 and brings together cities and regions at the forefront of advanced air mobility to collaborate and share expertise to develop a range of solutions that other cities and regions can adopt based on their own circumstances.
Founding city and region members include:
- Los Angeles
- Île-de-France (Paris region)
- Sao Paulo
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority operates both the Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Orlando Executive Airport (ORL). As the chief aviation authority within Central Florida the long-standing partnership between GOAA and the city has been critical to achieving the successful aviation expansion and multi-modal integration that has occurred at MCO over the past decades. As the industry evolves, the Aviation Authority continues look to create opportunities to seamlessly connect Florida and the world. Identified as an area of focus in the 2023 Strategic Plan and through community outreach, innovation, including the integration of AAM will play a key role in the future development of airport assets – ensuring the region remains a global destination where everyone can thrive.