Dear Industry Colleagues,

Saudi Airport Exhibition 2024 introduces its first webinar series:

Vertiports: The Future of Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

Overview of the Topic:

Vertiports are transforming urban transport by offering efficient solutions for growing cities. As essential parts of the urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem, they aim to reduce congestion and change how people move in urban areas.

Discussion Points:

  • Exploring the Concept of Vertiports: Understanding the fundamental principles and design considerations behind vertiports as integral elements of the UAM infrastructure.
  • Analyzing the Role of Vertiports: Examining how vertiports can effectively mitigate urban congestion by providing alternative transportation options and enhancing city connectivity.
  • Transforming Transportation Dynamics: Discussing the broader implications of vertiports on urban planning, environmental sustainability, and the future of mobility.
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    Meet Our Speakers

    Speaker: Clem Newton-Brown, Founder and CEO, Skyportz Australia

    Clem Newton-Brown is CEO and founder of Skyportz, the only Australian business developing a network of landing sites for a future air taxi network. Clem’s background as a former Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Member of Victorian Parliament and barrister specialising in planning and property development has put him at the forefront of this emerging industry.

    Clem serves on several Federal, State, industry and international committees advancing the development of the rules and regulations around establishing a whole new era in clean, green electric aviation.The success of the industry depends on these changes along with a network of Skyportz sites  from which air taxis will operate.

    Speaker: Daniel Mojica, Executive Director, Vertiport Chicago

    Daniel Mojica is a distinguished businessman and visionary leader, currently serving as the Executive Director of Vertiport Chicago, a pioneering venture that stands as one of the very few operational vertiports worldwide. A graduate of Northwestern University, Mojica brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role.

    At Vertiport Chicago, Mojica and his team oversee a critical nexus of operations, facilitating the arrival of organs, children, and patients via emergency medical helicopters within the expansive Illinois Medical District. It’s worth underscoring that all these operations are performed at zero cost, providing a vital and FREE service to the community. The vertiport handles over 10,000 aircraft movements annually (pre-pandemic), catering to a diverse range of needs, including Skycrane construction helicopters, law enforcement, military, corporate, and tourist aircraft.

    Mojica’s expertise extends beyond day-to-day operations, as he plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of aviation in Illinois. He is a crucial participant in the Illinois AAM System Plan commissioned by the Illinois Department of Transportation & Kimley-Horn. His experience in facilitating life-saving healthcare operations spans from multi-state helicopter transfers to the Illinois Medical District (IMD), recognized as one of the world’s most influential and innovative medical hubs.

    In 2022, Mojica led Vertiport Chicago in a groundbreaking Urban Air Mobility simulation, in collaboration with EVE Air Mobility, BLADE, United Airlines, Republic Airways, Speedbird, and other key partners. This simulation allowed participants to experience the future of air travel firsthand, seamlessly flying between downtown Chicago and local suburbs.

    Building on this momentum, in 2023, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced a transformative partnership involving Archer, United Airlines, the City of Chicago, and Vertiport Chicago. This collaboration aims to establish an Air Taxi route from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Vertiport Chicago (43IL), marking a significant milestone in the integration of urban air mobility into the region’s transportation infrastructure.

    Daniel Mojica’s unwavering commitment to innovation and his pivotal role in shaping the future of aviation underscore his reputation as a forward-thinking leader in the industry.

    Speaker: Ricky Sandhu, Founder and Executive, Chairman Urban Air-Port

    Ricky is a graduate of the world leading Bartlett School of Architecture and went on to become one of the youngest equity partners at Foster + Partners where he worked for 16 years on some of the world’s largest and most iconic infrastructure projects.

    Ricky founded Urban-Air Port in 2019 & Urban.MASS in 2020 to follow his passion for delivering ethical, sustainable and game changing contributions to local, national and international communities through innovative, disruptive design & technology. With a focus on mobility, he is committed to creating solutions that deliver a zero emission, inclusive, healthier and sustainable future for everyone.

    Ricky holds a BA (Hons) from Nottingham University, an award-winning Diploma of Architecture (Dip Arch) and a Master of Architecture with Distinction (MArch) from the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, during which he also spent a semester at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).  Ricky is a MIT DesignX Mentor supporting other innovative tech start-ups focused on design & tech for the built environment.

    Ricky is also the founding member of their family foundation, the SMALL. Foundation a not for profit tasked with tackling the other global challenges that seem to never get tackled inc. plastic waste, fashion waste, electric waste.

    Speaker: Jörn Jaeger, Former Head of Airspace and Vertiports, Volocopter

    Jörn has been working in the airspace and airports/vertiports sectors for more than 25 years. He began his career at Siemens, where he managed international turnkey airport projects. He then worked for the German ATC service provider Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) in various positions, including in the development of UTM concepts and systems, before becoming Head of Airspace and Vertiports at Volocopter, where he not only developed the operational concepts for the first eVTOL flights in Helsinki and Singapore, but also prepared the first routes and vertiports with his team for the launch of commercial eVTOL operations in various partnership models in all destination cities around the world.

    Jörn has also been involved in various standardisation and regulatory activities, including his membership in the EASA Rulemaking Taskforce 0230 especially dealing with ATM/SERA, U-Space and Vertiports, chairing the Eurocae WG-112 Subgroup 7 that developed the concept of operations for VTOL aircraft, and his role as technical advisor to the ICAO Vertical Flight Infrastructure Working Group.

    Jörn is a trained aircraft mechanic and holds a university degree in aerospace engineering and a Master of Science in International Transport.

    Moderator: Jeremy Hartley, Policy Specialist Civil Aviation Authority UK

    Jeremy (Jam) Hartley is the Policy Specialist-Vertiports for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the United Kingdoms (UK) aviation regulator. His current position was developed as part of the UKs Future Flight Programme to ensure that regulations for this new type of aerodrome infrastructure allow for safe and efficient operations and are ready for the introduction of these novel eVTOL aircraft.

    After fifteen years in aviation related roles, and seven years in healthcare, Jam took to obtaining his MSc in Air Transport Operations and Business Management, equipping himself to formulate ideas and make educated decisions to facilitate the world of aviation into the future. During his studies, he focused his efforts on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), producing a thesis on utilizing eVTOL aircraft to support The NHS National Organ Retrieval Service surgical teams from time, economic and environmental aspects. Jam believes that in the current global climate, with pressures on sustaining an environmentally stable planet, changes are required to develop new and maintain existing aviation business that will thrive to serve generations to come in an equitable manner.

    To compliment his role, Jam is involved with working groups within the CAA and other external agencies. He is the UK member for the ICAO working group designated to developing international vertiport standards and works with EUROCAE on developing guidance pertaining to managing lithium-Ion battery fires relating to eVTOL aircraft. These experiences allow for a broad spectrum of knowledge and understanding of this innovative industry, which he is employing to ensure a safe and future proof AAM environment.