Australia’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), has released guidelines for vertiport design, following extensive community and industry consultation.
The new 40-page-long CASA document covers vertiport site selection, physical characteristics of vertiports, obstacle limitation surfaces, and visual aids. It has been designed to provide initial guidance in the planning and physical design of vertiports to support the safe and efficient operation of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capable aircraft operating with a pilot on board in visual conditions only.
The potential for this industry will only be achieved if we break the nexus between aviation and airports and enable a new class of land use to emerge
“This is a great step forward for Australia and shows our preparedness to welcome this new industry into Australian skies’, said vertiport infrastructure developer, Clem Newton-Brown of Skyportz. “There is no doubt the aircraft are coming. However, the potential for this industry will only be achieved if we break the nexus between aviation and airports and enable a new class of land use to emerge, giving property owners the opportunity to host electric air taxi vertiports.”