Discover the transformative potential of UAM through the lens of Europe’s three leading RDI projects!

Results from AiRMOUR, AURORA and Flying Forward 2020

Date: 22.11.2023
Time: 9:00AM – 5:00 PM (CET)
Location: European Convention Centre, 4 Place d’Europe, Luxembourg

Agenda and registration


Urban Mobility Days will bring together politicians, local authorities, industry, and urban transport practitioners with the European Commission to connect, share and discuss the path forward for a sustainable, innovative, and equitable future for Europe’s urban mobility.

Where and when

The event will take place in Seville’s Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, Fibes, October 4th–6th and it’s organised together with the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU.


This year Urban Mobility Days will have a specific focus on transport skills. You can find the full programme here.

AiRMOUR partner LuxMobility‘s Managing Director Patrick van Egmond and Regional management Nordhessen GmbH‘s Managing Director Astrid Szogs will be participating in an interesting panel October 5th at 11:30:

Urban Air Mobility – User Needs and Acceptance

The session centres around user needs and public acceptance of Urban Air Mobility. The following questions are to be addressed during the discussion:

  • What are the key benefits of UAM?
  • What are the challenges we need to address?
  • What are the different use cases?
  • What are the main concerns blocking public acceptance of UAM?  


LuxMobility in partnership with EUROCONTOL will hold a two-day masterclass to bring together learners on the AiRMOUR training curriculum and interested stakeholders to build their knowledge on the topic of Urban air Mobility use cases focusing on European cities.

Location and date

  • Event to be held at: EUROCONTROL’s aviation learning centre, Luxembourg
  • Date & Time: 23rd and 24th November (10:00 to 4:30 CET)
  • All candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.

AiRMOUR Masterclass Overview

In order to increase the knowledge level on Urban Air mobility in different aspects Luxmobility will organise a 2-day masterclass with subject matter experts such as city representatives and project partners, ideally, also external speakers with expertise in this area from replicator city authorities, UAM industry and the medical sector. Speakers and agenda TBA later.

The masterclass will focus on opportunities and the challenges for integrating UAM drone services for cities/urban areas within the existing transport modes. After the presentations from different speakers there will be an interactive panel discussion and Q&A session.

AiRMOUR Masterclass Objectives

The objectives of the two day training for participants are as follows: 

  • Understand how to engage with citizens in your city on the topic of UAM and the current public opinion on this topic​.
  • Describe how UAM operations can be incorporated into policies, such as SUMPs in your city.
  • Describe a plausible business model for UAM services.
  • Know the steps for arranging a UAM EMS demonstration in your city and Identify which stakeholders should be involved in discussions on the development of UAM.


This masterclass is free of charge.


To be announced later.


The European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) and the University of Salerno organise the 13th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space for opening New Horizons” in Salerno, Italy from the 5th until the 8th of September, 2023. The conference venue is located at the Fisciano Campus of the University of Salerno.


Like its predecessors, the 13th EASN International Conference will include several Plenary Talks by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation and Space sectors from the academia, industry, research community, and policymakers.

The event will also give the opportunity to scientists and researchers from all over the world to present their recent achievements in a series of thematic sessions, organized by internationally recognized scientists.

Furthermore, the conference is expected to be a major European Dissemination and Exploitation event of Aviation & Space related research, as it will provide a forum for presenting their activities and achieved goals, discussing current trends and future needs of aviation & space-related research, and trying to identify possible synergies with each other. Additionally, several policy development projects will also find the floor to present the strategic priorities of the European aviation sector.

Future Hospital Nordic event will dive into these questions: Can hospital services and care be restructured? How to provide right care at the right place and at the right time? Would it be possible to make hospital services with even better outcomes? To keep up with changing healthcare services and high patient expectations we need new ways of thinking and defining hospital services.

This year’s Future Hospital Nordic conference’s other TOP-themes include: 

  • Future of hospital services – What is the next normal? 
  • Improving patient experiences – How to manage care and avoid nonessential readmissions? 
  • Value based health care – That is great in theory, but why it is extremely challenging to correctly define and price the value in real life?

AiRMOUR’s Coordinator Petri Mononen (Principal Scientist, Research Team Leader, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland LTD) will give a keynote presentation on the virtual conference September 20th, at 10:15 (CET):

Emergent aerial logistics solutions for future hospital services

  • Innovative air mobility EMS use cases, capabilities and potential operational benefits
  • Functional reguirements and the interplay of aircrafts and the health care system
  • The development horizon of people carrying drones for EMS

A guidebook for local authorities and EMS stakeholders

The field of UAM EMS is still in its infancy and operates in a highly dynamic and multidisciplinary environment. Several domains are affected, such as the medical sector, the aviation domain and the urban and public sector realm. Each have their own ways of working and their own terminology. Clear guidelines on how to deal with UAM EMS are still missing.

This document provides a method, a framework for local authorities and EMS stakeholders, that guides them through the integration process of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) use cases into existing systems and operations. The framework can be understood as a stepwise instruction handbook and is divided into three main phases, namely ‘Explore’, ‘Analyse and ‘Implement’. Each phase is discussed generically and illustrated using real world case examples.


The ’Explore’ phase aims to identify a value-adding UAM EMS use case within a given functional urban area. The framework suggests analysing the respective area (can be a city or region) in terms of its geographical characteristics and its existing EMS system. Geographical barriers relate to topology, hydrography and climate and may indicate where a high operational gain of air transport lies. The existing EMS system should be analysed by consulting local EMS stakeholders. Current challenges or struggles of EMS stakeholder may hint at value adding use cases.


In the ‘Analyse’ phase, the framework suggests analysing the identified UAM EMS use case by means of quantitative and/or qualitative methods. The aim is to create a deeper understanding of the value proposition including expected performance levels and crucial influence parameters.

On the one hand, computer simulation is proposed as an objective data-driven quantitative analysis method. On the other hand, qualitative analysis methods include focus group discussions as well as user and expert interviews. Combining quantitative and qualitative analysis methods can provide a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the system and its context.


The ’Implement’ phase targets at the operationalization of an UAM EMS use case in the real world and may begin once the decision-makers give the go-ahead signal. In this phase, the envisioned use case encounters the real world. The framework suggests extracting a list of functional requirements and performing an initial feasibility check of the requirements. When the requirements are judged feasible, an implementation roadmap should be created. This roadmap describes the operational phases during the rollout and links tangible To-Do items and risks to the phases. Operational phases with increasing complexity are introduced, to keep the overall risk manageable and provide reaction time buffers for possible system adjustments.

The technology behind unmanned aviation today is not the same as when the AiRMOUR project started, nor will it be static after the project has ended. The rapid evolution in the field makes it difficult to firmly state the demands of supporting technology.

This report is intended to give the reader a broad understanding of the technology involved in the operation of Unmanned Aircraft (UA). It covers technologies in the aircraft itself and technologies required on the ground. The complete system, from the aircraft to the ground segment, is often referred to as the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

The report also discusses preflight planning procedures that are necessary in order to operate safely. It focuses on the needs of the four scenarios stated in the AiRMOUR project. However, the content of this report is relevant
for other unmanned operations as well.

In our live validations we use two types of emergency medical drones: one for logistic transport (ie. medicine) and another for passenger transport (ie. medical personnel). Here are the technical descriptions of the drones.

Ehang Falcon L400

  • Logistic drone with maximum take of weight of 24,5 kg with max 5 kilos payload to transport.
  • Approx. 1,2 meters in diameter
  • Fly AUTOMATED flights with safety pilots that can take remote control if needed
  • Typical operations up to 25 km distance
  • Max flight speed 90 km/h
  • Operations in the AiRMOUR project will be executed as VLOS and BLOS in Specific Class, SAIL II with enhanced containment.
Ehang Falcon L400

Ehang 216

  • Passenger grade VTOL
  • Approx. 5,6 meter in diameter
  • No pilot onboard
  • Max take of Weight 600 kg: 2 passengers or 220 kg payload
  • Fly AUTOMATED flights with safety pilots that can take remote control if needed
  • Typical operations up to 30 km distance
  • Max flight speed 120 km/h
  • Operations in the AiRMOUR project will be executed according to EASA regulations and requires that the aircraft achieves Design Verification.
Ehang 216

AiRMOUR organised a masterclass on Urban Air Mobility and its application for the Emergency Medical Services sector on December 7th and 8th. 

Of the twelve cities involved as Replicators in the AiRMOUR project, five of them attended the event. We asked several representatives what they learnt from the masterclass and how they are going to take the knowledge further. We gladly share the reflections from Senior Strategic Knowledge Centre officer Júlia Miczki from Budapest, Assistant Transport Strategy Officer Marie Godward from Manchester and Project Manager Camilla Wikström from the City of Stockholm.

You can read more about the masterclass programme and participants below. 

Another Urban Air Mobility masterclass will be held in autumn 2023 (date and location TBC). See also our online courses here:

AiRMOUR Masterclass on Urban Air Mobility, Luxembourg Dec 2022
AiRMOUR Masterclass on Urban Air Mobility, Luxembourg Dec 2022

Júlia Miczki: “The masterclass helped me to update my knowledge and it put it into a comprehensive context”

Júlia Miczki from BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, the mobility manager of the city – and the responsible organization for the sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP) for Budapest – told us that she wanted to learn about how to integrate urban air mobility (UAM) into their existing urban mobility system and the roles of the city planners and municipalities in the UAM implementation.

She felt that the masterclass provided an excellent opportunity to meet all the different fields of expertise involved in building up and testing real life emergency medical service (EMS) use cases with UAM solutions and to hear the AiRMOUR experts’ presentations, knowledge and visions about UAM.   

“For me it was a bit of a surprise that citizens are thinking quite positively about UAM and how it could introduce new mobility solutions to their daily life.”

“The masterclass helped me to update my knowledge and it put it into a comprehensive context with respect to the regulation, the institutional and the operational level. It was interesting to learn about the public acceptance studies conducted about UAM, and for me it was a bit of a surprise that in general, citizens are thinking quite positively about UAM and how it could introduce new mobility solutions to their daily life”, she says.

“During the masterclass I had the impression, that it could be quite difficult for the different fields of expertise involved in UAM planning to find a common ground – not only in terms of the objectives, but in terms of understanding the differences in their mindsets and finding the best tools that can help them explain their thoughts to each other”, she says.

“Safety is a crucial part of sustainability in aviation. […] I would try to break down the unrealistic safety and security concerns of drones.”

“Even the meaning of the same word could differ a lot. For example, ‘safety’ is itself a crucial part of sustainability in aviation, and also there is a robust strategic and operational system for safety for each aviation service provider. Meanwhile, in general road transport, safety and Vision Zero could be a long term objective, but it is still not considered as a basic condition for the sector’s and the operators’ survival. When we are talking about extending urban mobility from 2D into 3D, we need to address these differences when starting any stakeholder engagement processes.”

To conclude our interview Júlia Minczki also pointed out that: “Communication is and will be one of the most important enablers (or disablers) of the evolution of UAM, therefore, with the learnings from this masterclass I would try to help to build up step by step a realistic thinking about UAM within the urban planning community, and try to break down the silos of drones or the unrealistic safety and security concerns.” 

“Cities have an important role in building up an UAM ecosystem, and they definitely have responsibility in the ways how it will be implemented locally, and that the justification behind each UAM operation will meet the best acceptance and support of the local communities and stakeholders.”

Marie Godward: “The masterclass was a brilliant learning opportunity to expand my understanding of the role which UAM can play in the healthcare sector”

“Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the strategic transport authority for Greater Manchester and joined the AiRMOUR project as a replicator city. TfGM is currently developing its thinking and strategy around the future of urban mobility to enable its consideration in our SUMP and Innovation Prospectus. In Greater Manchester, there are no current examples of urban air mobility (UAM) and we have no previous experience with UAM projects”, Marie Godward says.

“We took part in the masterclass to learn more about the medical use case for drones and the impact they have on emergency medical responses. We already have an ongoing partnership with our National Health Service and are keen to work with them to establish how UAM could benefit EMS in the North West of England. We were also really interested to learn more about the results of the engagement activities and societal acceptance studies that took place in the project cities to understand readiness levels.”

“The masterclass was a brilliant learning opportunity to further expand my knowledge and understanding of the role which UAM can play in the healthcare sector. There was a range of different professions represented at the masterclass, spanning from urban planners to air traffic controllers and that led to very insightful presentations and discussions. We were also given the opportunity to put our learnings into practice during interactive sessions which were a great opportunity to think about the considerations which would need to be made and stakeholders who would need to be involved when planning a drone flight for a medical use case.”

“It was very interesting to learn how UAM can be utilised to complement ground transport for EMS.”

“I had a basic level of understanding of UAM from attending the online training sessions held earlier in the year by AiRMOUR. It was very interesting to learn how UAM can be utilised to complement ground transport for EMS’ and in turn secure the performance and robustness of the response system. I also found it useful to learn more about the barriers to the innovation and rollout of UAM which included regulatory challenges, lack of testing sites in urban areas, associated risks, and infrastructure requirements.”

“What was surprising to learn was just how much the media can influence public perceptions of drones and how that can help or hinder overall acceptance.”

“Participation in the project as a replicator city offered TfGM and Greater Manchester valuable insight into the strengths, opportunities and weaknesses of UAM technology applications in the healthcare sector. We will also share insights gained from the masterclass and project outputs with other local authorities in the UK”, Marie Godward concludes.

Camilla Wikström: “The masterclass was a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding on the development of emergency services and how other stakeholders think”

Camilla Wikström from the City of Stockholm tells that she wanted to get a deeper overall knowledge of the current UAM development in relation to regulation, trends and use-cases. 

“I wanted to get a better idea of the role of the city in the context of UAM. It was an interesting two days with a lot of insights gained. It also opened up for discussions and networking.”

“I had a general knowledge about the topic beforehand but got the possibility to get a deeper understanding on the development of emergency services and how other stakeholders think.

I will share the knowledge with colleagues and local stakeholders. I will take the knowledge with me both for further internal work but also to current and future projects.”

Masterclass on Urban Air Mobility – Participants and Programme

The free event was held at EUROCONTROL’s aviation learning centre in Luxembourg. 27% of the participants’ organisations were from the aviation industry, 24% were cities or regions and 15% researchers, 12% were from the medical sector and 9% from the drone sector, 6% from the technology industry and 6% others (excluding AiRMOUR partners). 

There were 53 attendees, representing eleven countries: Luxembourg, Finland, U.K, France, Hungary, Poland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands. 

Another Urban Air Mobility masterclass will be held in autumn 2023 (date and location TBC). See also our online courses here:

AiRMOUR has developed an online learning platform where you can access courses from our training programme. The first course was given as a series of live lectures earlier this year and has now been made available on the new AiRMOUR learning platform which can be accessed by clicking here.

It includes videos on each topic covered and supporting material. A digital certificate of completion will be awarded after working through all modules in the course and passing the online quizzes.

The training programme is particularly useful for stakeholders working in cities, regional authorities, medical sector workers and those working in traditional aviation, for example.

The programme consists of three online courses and two in-person masterclasses which will give stakeholders insights into the use of drones in Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The AiRMOUR project launched the UAM training programme in spring and it will run until end of 2023. The training programme is coordinated by LuxMobility in collaboration with EUROCONTROL and DTV Consultants.

The first course introduces the theme of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and how it can support EMS. The second (due to be launched in spring 2023) will cover the role of Concept of Operations for UAM EMS and the final course (due to be launched in autumn 2023) will focus on facilitating UAM for EMS in European cities.

The image below shows the training programme plan:

The training programme is part of the AiRMOUR UAM Toolbox which also includes a GIS tool and a UAM Guidebook.

Masterclass on Urban Air Mobility

AiRMOUR is organising a free two day masterclass on the topic of Urban Air Mobility and its application for the Emergency Medical Services sector. We will be holding this event at EUROCONTROL’s office in Luxembourg on 7th and 8th of December 2022.

For further information, please contact:

Palak Panchal
Consultant, LuxMobility