Advanced Air Mobility

VTOLs and landing pads

Enabling the Safe Operations of Advanced Air Mobility in Urban Environments

While Addressing Stakeholders’ Concerns 


Safety of the Environment:

  • Assessment of wind flows in the urban canyon and their impact on VTOL operations
  • Vertipad siting and design to ensure safe landing and takeoff operations while maximizing availability of the vertipad

Increasing public acceptance of urban air mobility (UAM) through:

  • Assessment and mitigation of noise impacts
  • Assessment of rotor downwash 
  • Support for city planning and land use compatibility assessments 
Model of New Children’s Hospital Helipad
Model of New Children’s Hospital Helipad, Dublin Ireland being tested in RWDI's wind tunnel. Model is instrumented with Cobra probes to establish turbulence conditions near the helipad.
Model of helipad in RWDI's wind tunnel.
Model of helipad in RWDI's wind tunnel. Flow visualization shows wind flow patterns in the re-circulation zone of the building and impacts on a raised helipad.