Clerens Consulting (CC) has opened a new division fully dedicated to the aviation industry, specifically personal air transportation (PAT) segment. The division will offer its clients a comprehensive portfolio of services, including association management, government relations, policy management, market research and event management and support them in meeting regulatory challenges.

CC’s experts have a large network at the EU institutions and gained a reputation for their policy work based on scientific and technical knowledge.

How important is the aviation industry to Europe? 

The aviation industry is regarded as a strategically important industry that delivers significant contributions to the EU’s economy. The industry supports approx. 5 million jobs and contributes EUR 300 billion (2.1%) to European GDP.

The liberalisation of the EU’s internal aviation market in the 1990’s delivered significant changes to the market. The removal of all commercial barriers within the EU allowed traditional airlines to offer more routes at lower prices and encouraged the emergence and growth of low-cost carriers (LCCs). Today, there are about 27,000 flights that pass through Europe on a daily basis, representing 26% of the global traffic. European air traffic is estimated to grow by 50% between 2012 and 2035. 

How can PAT help solve the urban mobility challenge in Europe?

As more of Europe’s cities become congested, new business models and technologies are being developed to solve the mobility challenge. Personal air vehicles (PAVs) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities can help solve this challenge.

There are a number of global aerospace companies that have started developing PAVs with VTOL technology, which have the potential to significantly improve urban mobility. Such vehicles have long been a staple of science fiction for many decades. However, the required investment and technology to build versatile flying vehicles are finally emerging.

Unlike conventional aircraft, a VTOL jet will be able to take-off and land in vertical positions, then switch into the horizontal flight mode to attain high altitude and speed. This will enable it to take-off and land in a small open space, as opposed to a lengthy runway, and offer quick and reliable transportation services to commuters within cities or even between cities and suburbs. These jets will likely use electric propulsion, making them environmentally-friendly to operate.  

We believe that the following are some of the regulatory challenges that need to be addressed in order to bring PAT to market:

  • Safety and security
  • Noise and emissions
  • Certification
  • Air traffic management
  • Infrastructure  

For more information, please contact Mr Giorgi Komakhidze, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Aviation Division at: g.komakhidze[at]clerens.eu


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