Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is on the horizon: but are community leaders ready?  Do they understand the technology, applications, challenges and opportunities that AAM presents?
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian J. McNabb
AAM4Gov, a Brighton, UK-based educational provider, recently announced the launch of their first online class focused on supporting decision makers as they navigate the quick-changing world of advanced air mobility. Supported by the UK Research and Innovation Future Flight Challenge and delivered by Innovate UK and the Economic and Social Research Council, AAM4Gov won the “Future Flight: Closing the Skills Gaps” competition for creating new educational resources as AAM begins to grow in importance and visibility.

“While many councils have been using drones for years to reduce survey and maintenance costs and support first responders – such as fire services, police and coast guard units – in saving lives, new technology developments are about to rapidly increase the number and capabilities of drones in the skies above us,” said Philip Butterworth-Hayes, editorial director of AAM4Gov. “The first electric air taxis will fly in Europe next year, while drones will soon be delivering defibrillators, medicines and pizzas to households throughout the UK. For councils, this is an opportunity and a challenge. Our remote learning courses have been designed to help local authorities more easily and quickly develop policies to optimise the benefits and reduce the risks.”
The course covers (or will cover, as the program expands over the next few months) a wide range of topics: from legal, regulatory, and insurance issues to drone security and ways of engaging with the public. As the program expands, AAM4Gov seeks to fill the needs of UK officials who seek a deeper understanding of the future of UAVs in both the long and short term.
The first three courses now available are:

An Introduction to AAM & UAM
Community Benefits of Drones and eVTOLs
AAM Public Consultation – covering methods of engaging with local communities to ensure citizens’needs are prioritised in any new service launch.

Further courses scheduled for November are:

AAM Drone Security – critical aspects of drone security and managing drone nuisance
AAM and the Law
AAM Policy Making – developing drone/AAM policies which attract new investment and business, while reducing costs and environmental footprints.

More information on AAM4Gov is available here.
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Ian McNabb is a staff writer based in Boston, MA. His interests include geopolitics, emerging technologies, environmental sustainability, and Boston College sports.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.For drone industry consulting or writing, Email Miriam.
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