Urban Air Mobility and Advanced Air Mobility

What is Urban Air Mobility?

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) envisions a safe and efficient aviation transportation system that will use highly automated aircraft that will operate and transport passengers or cargo at lower altitudes within urban and suburban areas.

UAM will be composed of an ecosystem that considers the evolution and safety of the aircraft, the framework for operation, access to airspace, infrastructure development, and community engagement.

What is Advanced Air Mobility?

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) builds upon the UAM concept by incorporating use cases not specific to operations in urban environments, such as:

  • Commercial Inter-city (Longer Range/Thin Haul)
  • Cargo Delivery
  • Public Services
  • Private / Recreational Vehicles

Where Will UAM Aircraft Land?

The initial UAM ecosystem will use existing helicopter infrastructure such as routes, helipads, and Air Traffic Control (ATC) services, where practicable given the aircraft characteristics. Looking toward the future, the FAA is working to identify infrastructure design needs for these aircraft. FAA expects to develop a new vertiport standard in the coming years.

On March 2, 2022, the FAA issued draft interim guidance, via Engineering Brief, to support the design and operation of facilities that electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft will use for initial operations.

What is the FAA Doing?

The FAA is including AAM and UAM in our planning efforts, and our work is organized around five areas of activity – aircraft, airspace, operations, infrastructure, and community.

The FAA is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on their Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign.

In June 2020, FAA developed and shared the UAM Concept of Operations (ConOps) version 1.0 with both internal and external stakeholders (PDF).

Last updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2022