Air-One: Designing and developing the 'world's smallest airport'

Air-One: Designing and developing the 'world's smallest airport'


Innovate UK through Future Flight


Urban-Air Port Ltd (Lead); Hyundai Air Mobility; Malloy Aeronautics; Coventry City Council; small Ltd




Professor Stewart Birrell (PI)

Professor Paul Herriotts (Co-I)

Wayne Harrop


01/01/2021 – 31/12/2021

Project overview

The ‘Air-One’ project is funded by Innovate UK under the Future Flight Programme. Within the Air-One project we will implement the first UKs first ‘pop up’ airport and charging hub for future electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft – such as air taxis and autonomous delivery drones – that will transport people and cargo across cities in the coming years. The Air-One programme will accelerate both public readiness for this new technology & the decarbonisation of our country by promoting an exciting, green alternative for urban mobility.

Project objectives

Air-One will demonstrate a vision of future Urban Air Mobility [UAM], including its capacity to support Disaster Emergency Management & Security [DEMS] in areas exposed to climate change, pandemics or with diminishing resources, a just-in-time, safe & resilient rescue hub. Air-One, will aim to understand public trust & readiness for this new technology udirng real-world demonstrations.

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