Recent advancements in aerospace technology will unlock many new use cases for flight over the coming years. From small drone deliveries to inner city urban transport, the future of flight will be more accessible and enable better connectivity than ever before.

ADS’ Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Special Interest Group have previously looked at how the economics of these new aviation routes will work in a paper looking at Distributed Aviation, as well as a market analysis of the potential size of this emerging global industry. The group’s latest paper, ‘Regional and Rural Air Mobility – Thinking Outside the Urban Box’ dives deeper into the potential for new forms of aircraft to connect rural and regional communities in the UK.


The benefits of Regional and Rural Air Mobility

The paper finds that Regional/Rural Air Mobility, or RAM, can improve the regional connectivity of the UK, provide green, sustainable travel, and further encourage investment in aerospace technology and investment in energy infrastructure across the country.

By offering greater connectivity options than ever before on routes where road or rail travel is either expensive, lengthy or unviable, RAM can have significant benefits for populations in communities that may at present feel disconnected.

With electric and/or hydrogen technology likely to power these flights, this connectivity can be completely sustainable, too.

As the AAM industry continues to grow, and moves towards delivery and entry-into-service of the earliest vehicles, ADS’ members are playing an important role in this space across the ecosystem, from operations, manufacturing and maintenance, to the provision of infrastructure and cyber and digital services.

For any ADS member interested in this space in any sense, the AAM group is a great opportunity to collaborate with others in industry, government and the regulators to help make this exciting new industry a reality.

With thanks to Atkins and LiveLink Aerospace for leading on this report, ADS members can view and download a copy of the report here. To join the AAM group, please reach out to