Members of the Singapore UAS Community participated in and presented at the EU-Asia Symposium on UAS/UAM held at the Goodwood Park Hotel on 18-21 Oct 2022 by individual invitation of organisers, CAAS and EASA. Key points in the industry feedback to regulators on Day 1 of the symposium were:
- In the next 10 years, demand for UAM and BVLOS operations over populated areas will increase exponentially
- The cost per mile of air taxis will eventually become similar to ground transportation
- Reduction of cost and battery weight will be a major driver of commercial viability
- Public acceptance will have to be gained through respect for privacy and the natural environment
- Research on UAS traffic management and airspace integration is key to enabling scalable operations
- UTM development is underfunded and faces hurdles, including the lack of regulatory guidance
- Importance of global harmonisation of standards for UAS, UAM, UTM-U-Space and vertiports
The occasion was also marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between CAAS and EASA to collaborate on urban air mobility to support the development, deployment and safe operation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The agreement was signed by Mr Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Mr Luc Tytgat, Strategy and Safety Management Director, EASA on 18 October 2022, on the sidelines of the inaugural European Union–Asia Symposium on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility.
On the final evening of the symposium, CAAS hosted industry and regulators to a networking evening at the National Gallery, with many good conversations held over dinner and drinks.