To advance the development of regional and Urban Air Mobility, leading companies, universities, and research institutions as well as municipalities and organizations are joining forces to form the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI). The members of the Air Mobility Initiative include f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS, Airbus, City of Ingolstadt, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Diehl Aerospace, Droniq, Munich Airport, Red Cross and Telekom. This initiative, which is funded by the Free State of Bavaria and the Federal Republic of Germany, will set up a series of research projects aimed at making electric air mobility within and between cities a reality. The joint projects are centered around three main areas: electric aircraft, air traffic management services, and vertiports, meaning the necessary infrastructure on the ground.

“The rapid advances in the area of Urban Air Mobility and the identification of more possible use cases are increasing the demands regarding the requirements for a reliable network of drones and air taxis within the U-space, for air traffic control and the surrounding air traffic. We would like to break new ground and provide a significant contribution with our new communication products to allow a safe integration of advanced airborne vehicles in the expanding air traffic system”, says Dr. Marc Gerlach, Project Manager of the AMIUS project at f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS.

The contributions of f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS as part of the AMIUS project include the development of a basic device with the components 5G modem, GNSS, ADS-B In/Out, radar transponder, router and computer unit. Thus, U-space services and flight safety functions will be implemented and additional communication options for the transmission of payload data will also be offered.