Kansas City is known as the Paris of the Plains, but one day that could change to Paris of the Planes. This month, MARC invited regional stakeholders to hear from Brandon Naylor, legislative director for Rep. Sharice Davids, on the opportunities and impacts Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) may present for the Kansas City region.
This discussion occurred after legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Davids, was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to establish an interagency working group to more effectively engage and coordinate with industry in the AAM sector. Senator Jerry Moran co-sponsored the Senate version of the legislation that was passed by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Participating stakeholders included representatives of regional jurisdictions, departments of transportation, chambers of commerce, universities and others.
Participants heard legislative updates from Mr. Naylor and discussed regional information, opportunities, or concerns, such as potential transportation, economic or environmental impacts.
What is Advanced Air Mobility?
Emerging technologies in vehicle electrification, connectivity and autonomy are impacting all aspects of the transportation industry. One of the newest developments is the emergence of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the aviation industry. AAM is defined by NASA as “an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible.”