The Ras el-Haima Airport (RAK) has recently disclosed its collaboration with VPorts, a company specializing in the conception, construction, and management of cutting-edge air mobility infrastructure. With a signed letter of intent, the partnership aspires to construct a state-of-the-art vertiport to accommodate eVTOL aircraft. Announced during the Arab Aviation Summit, the project’s primary goal is to expedite the adoption of advanced air mobility in Ras el-Haimah and the broader UAE region.
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The RAK Vertiport: A Hub for eVTOL Aircraft
Spanning across a 10,000 square meter area, the RAK Vertiport will be designed to facilitate any electrically-powered vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, irrespective of the manufacturer. This versatility will enable the vertiport to become a central hub for eVTOL operations within the region.
VPorts’ Ambitious Expansion Plans
VPorts has outlined a strategy that focuses on regional cargo transportation, tourism, and the efficient conveyance of patients, transplant organs, and medical equipment. By the onset of the next decade, VPorts envisions a vast vertiport network spanning all major industrial zones in the UAE, thereby offering a sustainable transportation solution using eVTOL aircraft.
Government Support and Alignment with National Strategy
The UAE Ministry of Civil Aviation is endorsing this groundbreaking initiative, which aligns with the UAE’s energy efficiency and renewable energy strategy. Ralf Schustereder, CEO of Ras el-Haima Airport, asserts that the collaboration with VPorts will bolster the Emirate’s economic and tourism development.
Integration and Communication: Key Components for Success
In December, VPorts unveiled plans for an integrator center in southern Dubai, complete with dedicated flight test airspace. With the backing of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, eVTOL aircraft certification flight tests are slated to commence in 2024. Additionally, VPorts will concentrate on developing air traffic integration between aircraft and establishing communication protocols between vertiports and air navigation service providers. This will ensure smooth and efficient operations across the growing network of advanced air mobility infrastructure.