|1,000s of airports|
Fast swap or recharge
|Point-point and hub feeders|
One of the keys to delivering this new breed of travel is a radically different air network from the concentrated airliners and hubs of today. Leveraging an arsenal of thousands of dormant secondary community airports, we’ll be able to circumvent the traffic, congestion and time wasted on the ground, moving instead toward an experience that’s similar to boarding a bus or train. That means getting to destinations 2 to 4 times faster at half the cost…and in a quiet, green aircraft.
The best part about this network: it doesn’t require much to get it up and running. Our aircraft have low runway requirements for takeoff and landing, and while the airports would require facilities for the recharge or swap of battery packs, the massive roll-out underway to support electric ground vehicles is already paving the way. A major upgrade of air traffic control systems that is already in progress supports a distributed electric air network: NextGen in the US, Single European Skies in Europe, and OneSky in Australia are all due to be live by 2023. These use GPS satellites and onboard ADS-B transmitters to allow for high density flights, reduction in air traffic control workload, and all-weather flights to secondary airports without requiring instrument landing systems on the ground.