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Regional Air Mobility: Leveraging Our National Investments to Energize the American Travel ExperienceAmerica is home to over 5,000 airports available for public use, yet only 30 of these airports serve over 70% of all travelers.01 Despite this vast network of airports, the majority are underutilized due to air transportation services that have trended towards consolidation by putting more people into fewer, larger aircraft on well-traveled routes. Also, these bigger jet-propelled aircraft can only take off from and land on longer airstrips. Regional Air Mobility (RAM) will fundamentally change how we travel by bringing the convenience, speed, and safety of air travel to all Americans, regardless of their proximity to a travel hub or urban center. We advocate RAM technology investment as complementary to and an accelerator for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and other initiatives that aspire to transform the airspace. Through targeted advanced technology investments, such as aircraft automation, enhanced operational models, more efficient aircraft and propulsion systems, and expanded airport renewable energy generation, many of which are already underway, RAM will increase the safety, accessibility, and affordability of regional travel while building on the extensive and underutilized federal, state, and local investment in our nation’s local airports.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
White Paper
Kevin Antcliff
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Nicholas Borer
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Sky Sartorius
(Boeing (United States) Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Pasha Saleh
(Alaska Airlines)
Robert Rose
(Reliable Robotics )
Maxime Gariel
(Xwing )
Joseph Oldham
(New Vision Aviation )
Christopher Courtin
Marty Bradley
Satadru Roy
(Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, Georgia, United States)
Bryan Lynch
(Explorer Aircraft)
Arnel Guiang
(FLOAT Shuttle)
Paul Stith
(Black & Veatch)
Dengfeng Sun
(Purdue University West Lafayette West Lafayette, Indiana, United States)
Susan Ying
Michael Patterson
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Vincent Schultz
(Langley Research Center Hampton, Virginia, United States)
Roei Ganzarski
Kevin Noertker
Cory Combs
Rich Oullette
(Boeing (United States) Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Date Acquired
April 20, 2021
Publication Date
April 23, 2021
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Air Transportation And Safety
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 432938.
Distribution Limits
Portions of document may include copyright protected material.
Technical Review
External Peer Committee
Regional Air Mobility
Regional Travel
Sustainable Aviation
Electric Aviation
Advanced Air Mobility
Autonomous Systems
Renewable Energy
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