- Materials Engineer
Our global client in the Bristol area is looking for a Materials Engineer to join their team on a contract basis. The purpose of this role will be to manage and coordinate Thermoset Material Qualifications resulting from design, process or other changes. Manage Test Plan, Data Analysis and compliance as well as regular reporting and adherence to KPI's and securing necessary budgets in conjunction with Sub Domain Integrator. You will also work closely and develop relationships with the Thermoset Material supply chain to facilitate material qualification and the development of new materials, ensuring key requirements are communicated and understood. The role accountabilities are as follows: • The job holder is responsible and accountable for the technical management and coordination of Material Qualification for Thermoset Prepreg Materials. • The job holder is expected to capture new needs and requirements coming from programmes and stakeholder functions and ensure the continual alignment and orientation of the ESCMC sub domain in terms of research, development and qualification activities with its customer's needs. • The job holder is accountable for technical decisions based on the performance of Thermoset Materials in front of the programmes and other customers on behalf of the M&P Composite Technical Authority. • The jobholder is expected to support the Wing of Tomorrow project by analysing material screening test results from three different manufacturers' material options. Ideal candidates should have the following experience: • Degree in Material Science based subject • Proven experience in the area • Fully conversant with digital technology Please note, candidates must have the right to work in the EU.Read more
- AI Cyber Sales Representative
Have you recently graduated and found you have a passion for working within the sales environment? Do you want to work for a leading Cyber Security and AI technology company? KDC are currently working withone of the most innovative organisations of 2019 within the software/security sector. We are currently seeking a number of enthusiastic Inside Sales Representatives to join their rapidly growing team based in Cambridge. Their cutting-edge Cyber Security software harnesses complex AI Algorithms to learn and understand new Cyber Security threats before they can be effective. As a Cyber Inside Sales Representative, you will have the opportunity to develop and perform in the following areas: Reach out to prospective customers and represent the company across your region. Identify key decision makers within the business whilst developing and qualifying new business opportunities within the targeted markets through cold calling, event recruitment and high-level prospecting. Communicate clearly with the customers so they understand how products will enhance their business's information security. Develop your skill set and build relationships with the senior executives by displaying a strong understanding, professionalism and relevance to business issues. Meeting set targets and liaising closely with Marketing and Sales department. Develop strong relationships with your manager and external customer-facing Account Executives in order to support new business growth. Consistently attaining quarterly and annual KPIs. Scheduling one-to-one meetings at customers' sites and at trade shows. Writing detailed emails to emphasise the capabilities of the offering. Preferred Skills: Strong verbal, written communication and presentation skills Understanding or use of LinkedIn and/or CRM A competitive background (eg. member of a sports team) Must Haves: Graduated from a reputable University with a minimum 2.1 An interest in the Emerging Technology and Security Sector So if you are currently smashing your current targets or you simply see Sales as the career path for you then get in touch through the methods shown!Read more
- Supply Operations Manager
Do you have a background of Commercial/Project/Quality management within the Defence/Aerospace sector? If you do then this is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team working on world leading and state of the art technology. Job Title: Supply Operations Manager Reporting to: Operations Manager Role Description: You will be the primary interface with the nominated Supplier(s) and responsible for the relationship between the supplier and company. You will be fully responsible for managing the purchase phase of the supply chain core process and deliver equipments to projects on time, to cost and fulfilling all performance and quality requirements. You will provide support to all aspects of the Supply Chain process for equipments and participate in schedule and cost improvement initiatives. Responsibilities • OQOT delivery of equipments from suppliers • Day-to-day management of contract implementation (multi-project, international); timely and accurate reporting to PSMs; facilitate appropriate technical interaction between project (MSC/MPC) and supplier • Acquiring in-depth knowledge of supplier leading to effective control of supplier • Identifying risks and proposing/agreeing mitigating actions • Quality responsibility for EQSR, PDR, CDR, MRR, TRR, TRB/SRB & DRB. Management of NCR's and RFWD and chairing of NRB's. Quality interface for MIP's, EEE and M&P. To provide support to quality audits as required. • Completion of annual supplier evaluation (with appropriate support) • Local follow-up/support to development plans (defined by SDM) Internal Interfaces • Project/Product Supply Manager • Project Manager • Project Engineering Manager • Project PA • Systems Engineering Team (RE's, MSCs, MPCs) • Supply Contract Managers • Supplier Relationship Managers (local and resident) • Supply Quality Managers (inc. M&P, EEE Parts) • AIT Manager / Lead Engineers • Configuration Control • Supplier Relationship Domain Managers/Commodity Managers • Supplier Development Managers • Other Project Disciplines eg EMC, Radiation etc. • Supplier Development Managers • AX Supplier Quality Assurance (Quality specialist) External Interfaces • Subcontractors/Suppliers of space qualified equipment and test hardware and software • Customer interface as necessary (e.g. quality reviews, customer progress meetings) Qualifications & Experience • HND/Degree in a relevant Engineering subject • Experience in a Defence/Aerospace environment with commercial/project/Quality management background • Advanced level of Microsoft office applications Key Attributes • Strong drive and self-motivation • Ability to work on own initiative • Willingness to travel as and when required • Knowledge of product assurance principles. Awareness of appropriate standards for space, ESA, ECSS, DSCC, MIL etc plus REACH • Ability to work within a team • Knowledge of Company Quality Systems AS9100, ISO 9001, ISO 14001Read more
- Aero Product Manager
Our global client based in the Portsmouth area is looking for a Product Manager to join their team on a contract basis. The purpose of the role is to manage the lifecycle of various Communications Products in the Airborne environment for Government and Military customers (UK/US and EMEA) within the Product Management Team of Secure Communications. This extends from monitoring of existing products with a view to increasing the user experience, profitability, and quality of service to developing new products for the business and enhancing the portfolio. You will develop products from new ideas, using your contact with customers and prospects and especially suppliers (existing and potential). You will possess a unique blend of business and technical understanding; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality. You will enjoy spending time in the market to understand their problems, and find innovative solutions for the broader market. Duties and Responsibilities: • Capture customer requirements and needs • Specifying new services, features, products and processes • Analyse competitive offers and develop a product benchmark • Managing the entire product lifecycle from strategic planning to tactical activities • Developing and implementing a go-to-market plan, working with Marketing, Business Intelligence & Pricing teams • Promote products externally with support of sales and Marketing • Maintain the product promotion in the portfolio • Develop a sound understanding of the product commercial aspects (pricing strategies, costs, margins) • Propose actions to increase margins (renegotiation of tariffs, improvement efficiencies, new price schemes) • Manage the product Lifecycle, creating the roadmap and alignment of R&D with R&T Ideal candidates should have the following experience: • Experience of Product Management / Marketing / Development • Understanding of financial metrics and measures • Understanding of Product Management proficiencies • Understanding of the Airborne market and requirements • Good communications and organisational skills • Interest in continuous improvement • Understanding of airborne products, technology and their applications • Experience of working in a Military / Government / aero related environment • Experience of Satellite communications Please note, you must have the right to work in the EU.Read more
- Design Quality Engineer
Our global client based in the Broughton area is looking for a Design Quality Engineer to join their team on a contract basis. The successful applicant will be working within the Serial Wing Perimeter and will report to the Head of Quality Engineering, Serial wing, Long Range and Single Aisle. The successful candidate will be responsible for: ·Integration of Quality throughout the Aircraft Design Review process. ·Definition and deployment of the Quality element of the company management system into the Engineering teams. ·Identify and implement continuous improvement opportunities into the Engineering teams. ·Assist Design Engineering teams as the Design Quality Engineer focal point for current and future Aircraft development projects. ·Integrate the Quality standard methodologies into the Engineering Teams through regular maturity assessments and follow on sessions. Ideal candidates should have the following experience: ·An engineering degree or equivalent relevant experience ·Ability to manage a transnational project ·Exceptional communication skills ·Intelligence, the ability to learn quickly, and a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the workload are essential requirements ·Experience in an aircraft or related industry within a Design or Manufacturing Engineering environment would be beneficial Please note this role is open to EU candidates only.Read more
- Senior Systems Engineer
KDC are working with a large Aerospace Engineering organisation in Bournemouth who are seeking a Senior Systems Engineer to join their team on an initial 12 month contract. You will provide technical knowledge to projects and bids and actively contribute to the development of their technology and associated engineering processes. Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to: • Operate at Special Mission in accordance with the SHE standards. Identify where the SHE Standards are applicable to appointed operations/tasks and apply safe systems of work identified. • Contribute to definition/development of Systems Engineering technical strategy • Contribute to and lead customer meetings where appropriate • Team leading - facilitate maximizing the performance of the team through motivation, conflict management, good communication • Contribute to bids and estimating - increase the chance of successful bid by providing appropriate/quality input to the satisfaction of the Bid Manager and other stakeholders • Act as technical lead and design authority for nominated projects through the entire lifecycle • Carry out requirements engineering/management and engineering design methods as required • Development and maintenance of key system engineering documents including system and sub system requirements, configuration and other technical documentation including manuals and training material • Understanding and reviewing systems, hardware, software, test and integration documentation to confirm that the hardware, software and architecture design are compliant Required skills and experience: • Previous experience as a Systems Engineer with an Aerospace, Defence, Electronics environment (Complex Safety Critical Systems). • Good working knowledge of CRADLE or DOORS (Requirements Management Tool) • A background in IT / Hardware / Software (not mechanical) • Hands on networking skills (including knowledge of routers and their configuration) and network design/architecture skills. • Domain knowledge, with experience in the application of systems engineering to the entire product life cycle from inception to delivery • Proven track record and technical experience in systems such as radar, electronic warfare, surveillance and communications systems • Knowledge and experience of Engineering Design Reviews • Experience of regulatory requirements and procedures related to air traffic management and airborne systems is desirableRead more
- Composite Design Engineer
KDC are working with an innovative Aerospace organisation in Switzerland who are seeking Composite Design Engineers to join their fast-paced development of unique Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for commercial operations. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals who are passionate about flight and innovative technologies. As a key member of the design team, you will be responsible for: • Performing airframe structural configuration layout and detail design including structural layouts, preliminary sizing, joint layouts and part design, utilizing composite and metallic materials. • Generating CAD models and drawings at top assembly and component levels. Translation of design specification requirements into conceptual models is a primary requirement of the position, with respect to construction of the product to meet interface boundaries, weight targets, cost targets and structural integrity. Ability to create parametric product geometry models desired. • Working with Senior Design Engineering and Analysts for iterative evaluation of designs. • Coordinating with Manufacturing, Procurement, Quality Control and other departments as required to take the design from conception to production. • Preparing documentation to support design decisions and to resolve issues. Preparing presentations for design reviews. Assisting the project engineer in preparing for technical interchange meetings and technical program reviews. Successful candidates will have the following: • Bachelors degree or equivalent in Mechanical or Aerospace engineering or related field from an accredited university. • Minimum of 3 years work experience in the aerospace industry, composite manufacturing or related field. • Experience with CATIA V5 with a focus on Generative Surface Design, Part Design and Assemblies. Experience in Unigraphics or Pro-E will be considered based on supporting background. • Experience with CATIA V5 CPD (Composite Part Design) and/or FiberSIM is highly advantageous. • Desirable experience with the composite part detail process, including composites stacking sequence lamination theory, honeycomb core, bonded assemblies, manufacturing assembly and fabrication processes, post-cure machining operations. • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and written.Read more
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- Configuration Controller
Our global client based in the Portsmouth area is looking for a Configuration Controller to join their team on a contract basis. The successful candidate will have to implement configuration management along the entire product/project lifecycle to ensure the availability of all configuration management data and ensure the product/project configuration consistency. Main activities: • Manage all project data under configuration control • Ensure all data supplied complies with Company Configuration Management systems and contractual requirements • Provide support to project teams with regard to configuration queries and tools • Maintain project produce tress and assembly trees • Management of the Payload, Repeater and Equipment level documentation Skills and experience: • Excellent IT skills, with experience of tools such as Windchill or databases • Ability to meet deadlines under a stressful environment • Ability to manage high numbers of data and several projects at the same time • Ability to face challenging deadlines and demanding customers • Experience in document control and/or configuration control • Strong understanding of document change control *Please note candidates must have the right to work in the EU.Read more
- Supply Officer
Are you a Supply Officer? Are you interested in a working for a well-established global company? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you! Our client based in Farnborough are looking for a Supply Officer to join their team on a contract basis. The role is to be actively involved in the management of the material flows in order to ensure that outsourced and purchased products are delivered on time, quality and cost to satisfy customers and launch first level of corrective and preventive actions. Manage inventory and order management expressed with the suppliers. Requirements: •Check & ensure the execution of the order. Ensure daily monitoring of the Supplier delivery •Obtain & Maintain Data related to the PO into the ERP system •Work with Accounts Payable department to ensure timely supplier payment •Be the focal point towards the supplier for operational activities •Active Monitoring & Control of Suppliers •Manage Supplier operational performance and drive necessary collaboration as far as necessary •Manage performance reviews with the Suppliers based on Vendor Review Boards outputs, support working towards team OQOT KPIs •Ensure compliance with Export regulations for all deliverables from Suppliers, on a day to day basis The successful candidate will have the following skillset: •Proven purchasing/buying competency •Interact and Influence internally & externally •MRP/ SAP, forecasts and exceptions •Procured Products/Services Risk Management •Supply Chain Quality & Improvement •Supply Chain fundamentals •Support new products/services introduction •Compliance requirements For more information please call Adam on 01202 596371.Read more
- Procurement Process Manager
Job Title: Procurement Process Manager Accountabilities: • The job-holder acts as Process Owner Delegate deputy for one Engage Supplier process and supports the Process Owner Delegate and the Process Owner in the process management scope • The job-holder supports PYY and PYYP on Communication activities (eg. update of the HUB community pages) Main activities: As Process Owner Delegate deputy, the Job holder is responsible to support the process owner delegate or the process owner for the following activities: • Process definition: organization of workshops, activities description, gathering feedback from operational representatives. • Planning and running of Process Management Team (PMT) meetings: action follow up, documentation updates, risk mitigation plan, process deployment and operation status, performance review, best practice sharing, improvement plan) • Monitoring of Process performance (through process effectiveness, efficiency and adherence KPIs) • Contribution to and validation of training materials in liaison with Procurement Academy • Deliver awareness session • Contribution to closure of external and internal audit findings • Process deployment follow up in liaison with Process Operational Managers • Maintaining process Maturity level • Defining process risks and follow up of related actions • Managing interfaces with other processes/domains • Supporting the documentation rationalization and harmonization • Ensuring with the support of the accountable PQM's that the Procurement process complies with applicable requirements The jobholder is responsible for the PYYP Communication activities and to support PYY communication activities as follows: • Analyse & communicate PYY & PYYP Customer Survey results, issue summary report & follow-up any actions • Promotion of the PYY and PYYP image, templates and email signature rules • Review and cascade local communication material to PYY employees in the UK • Update and maintain the Procurement Processes HUB community pages • Promote HUB usage within PYYP Work in a trans-national and trans-divisional team, supporting process and procedural harmonization and simplification through all Procurement Commodities, Divisions and sites. Outputs: The jobholder will ensure that the Engage Suppliers process he/she is supporting is compliant and continuously improved in line with business needs. The jobholder will contribute to the deployment of process Management within the Procurement organization. The jobholder will ensure that PYYP Communication is shared with the Business partners and support the deployment of the Processes HUB community pages across the business. Analytical skills needed would be G suite and strong Microsoft skills. Soft Skills are just as important to the business and need to be able to demonstrate the below: • The ability to work in a team • Collaboration skills • The ability to work autonomously • Skills to adapt and respect different cultures • Adaptable/flexible • Able to travel occasionally to support business needs • Good communication skills • Fluent in EnglishRead more
- Project manager
Project Manager based in Seville, Spain, Airbus FAL facilities. He/she will be responsible for managing the Cobham Area in the customer FAL. The role will report directly to the IPT management. Main tasks: - Organize and optimize the reserved area o perform 5S in the area o planning the best way to organize the available space o Planning directly on site with the customer for meeting short, medium and long term needs in term of incoming/outgoing items in/out the area - Consumable and Spare stock management o Manage both Airbus and Cobham stocks in place: stock levels, replacements etc. o Constantly in collaboration with the customer, at Program Mgt. level, participating to shop floor panels, meetings etc. for implementing plans based on customer needs. o Reporting customer needs on regular basis internally in Cobham to the IPT. - Management of the entire logistical flow including ordering, dispatch, pick up and expedition of the damaged parts. - Tooling management: o Coordinate the assignment of tooling and AGEs to FAL and FTC (Flight Test Centre), taking responsibility for the shipping and return of the means. o Maintenance of tooling in good state for the use in the FTC and FAL. Secure calibration, labelling and availability for interventions, including looking for alternative solutions in case of clash. o Local endorsement, correction of quality issue or working party: release COC post intervention and issue any copy of quality documentation as COC, log Cards or Yellow Tag having access to Cobham's Quality System from Seville. - Candidate profile: o Spanish national (preferred) o Fluent in English o Aerospace background o Permanent full time equivalent (FTE) - Timescale: o Initial 3 year support period with a possible extension for a further 3 years. - Travel & Subsistence: o Cost for candidate to come to Wimborne for 1 week for induction training. o Annual cost for candidate to come to Wimborne each year for 1 week for training. - Project manager cover: o Cost for additional cover for when PM is away training or annual leave.Read more
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Soon, You Might Never Have To Drive Ever Again
We are quickly approaching an age of technology which will change everyday life as we know it. In our lifetime, we will witness the introduction of Artificial Intelligence, self-driving cars and even flying cars. In this article, I want to focus on self-driving cars – What technology is available today? When could we see a full transition happen? And what are the implications of such a technology? First of all, let’s cover off what a self-driving car actually is. My definition of a self-driving car in this article is at least SAE Level 4, where (also referred to as an autonomous car, driver-less car or robot car) a car which can drive completely autonomously without any need for human interaction, at least within a sizeable geographic area. Of course, it must do this safely whilst adhering to traffic laws, but the key benefit (although potentially bad for jobs) is the fact you don’t need a human. If you want to see more on SAE levels – have a look at this article. What is available today? Believe it or not, self-driving cars are already operating in city environments. The leader in this space is Google. Google’s driver-less technology initially started as a secret project within Google X, which is their R&D function, but successfully graduated into its own standalone company. You may know about this project already - it goes by the name of Waymo which is already active in Phoenix, Arizona. Their services run 24hrs a day, 7 days a week through a mobile application called ‘Waymo One’. It runs on a similar business model to that of Uber; the customer can use the app to set a pickup and drop-off location and then can catch a ride to their destination. As you would expect, before they were able to release this service to the public, there was a massive amount of research, development, verification and validation as well as endless miles of test driving. The Waymo technology relies on Lidar and strong pre-mapping, which seems to be the fastest way to commercialisation over other approaches like computer vision-first. Waymo actually completed over 10 million miles of practice driving on real roads and over a billion simulated miles before releasing their vehicles as a service that people can pay for to use. To put that into perspective, that’s enough practice driving to get to the moon and back … 42 times. Outside of Google there are countless start-up companies worldwide who are developing software and hardware to enable self-driving cars. The most popular companies among these start-ups are Voyage, Cruise, Argo and Aurora. I won’t go into each business model and exact tech stack but feel free to look them up. When could we see a full transition happen? Let’s start by looking back on the development of the car and how it replaced horses and horse drawn carriages. The easiest and most common example of this is New York, which has been a haven for trade for hundreds of years which had very few cars in 1900. Motor vehicle technology quickly became popular as it was much faster and required a lot less maintenance than the horse and carriage alternative. There were also cultural implications as well similar to today around having the latest and best technology. On top of that you can keep your motor vehicle at home without the need to feed it and clean up its excrement. Fast forward 13 years and things were very different. Motor cars had completely taken over in this 13 year period and there was not a horse-drawn carriage in sight. This is one case study which shows how fast emerging and disruptive technology can flood a market and change travel and society as we know it. But will we see a similar effect when it comes to self-driving cars? The honest answer is that we don’t really know. There are so many ramifications of this technology and until it is implemented into large populated cities successfully, I don’t think we can accurately guess. Why is the next step self-driving cars? What will it solve? It will help to solve car crashes, traffic fatalities and serious injuries caused on our roads. As it stands, about 1,250,000 people die in road accidents every year. That’s about 3287 people dying every day. But that’s just one part of the problem, on top of this about 40,000,000 people are seriously injured/disabled. It is a slight exaggeration to say that self-driving cars will solve this issue in its entirety, but it will certainly drastically reduce these problems. For one, driver-less technology cannot correct the mistakes of other road users like pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists. Moreover, human error is not the only cause of traffic accidents. Even if self-driving cars were to drastically reduce the amount of crashes worldwide, let’s say by 80%, I am sure we would see the remaining 20% in the form of lawsuits against the self-driving car companies. So there is a lot more to figure out to make this a sustainable business model.
Hybrid Air Vehicles Scores Production Approval
Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander 10, the world’s longest aircraft, is ready to go into full production following the award of Production Organisation Approval (POA) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The milestone follows hot on the heels of October 2018’s award of Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This puts HAV in a “strong position to launch production” and the company has earmarked the early 2020s for a maiden flight of the production aircraft. A POA assesses the manufacture and assembly elements of aircraft production, which covers supply chain management, manufacturing and assembly processes as well as analysing the production facility itself. The POA coupled with the DOA puts the company on a path towards type certification with the production Airlander 10. "Successfully being awarded our POA in the same year as our DOA is fantastic," said Executive Director Nick Allman. "The POA is the regulator’s stamp of approval for us to move ahead with the productionisation of Airlander 10 on the path to type certification. This puts us in a great position going into 2019." Following the certifications, the prototype Airlander 10 that has been used to test and prove the Airlander concept has now been retired.
Boeing Smashes New Aircraft Delivery Record
Boeing had a record-breaking 2018 after delivering 806 aircraft, far in excess of 2017’s previous record annual performance of 763. Even as Boeing delivered more aircraft to customers, its order backlog continues to grow with net orders now totalling 893, valued by the company at $143.7bn. This has increased the company’s order backlog to seven years worth of production. The aerospace giant increased production of the 737 model in mid-2018 to 52 aeroplanes per month. Almost 50% of 2018’s 737 deliveries were for the fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX models, which included the first group of MAX 9 planes. In addition, production of the 787 Dreamliner achieved the highest ever rate for twin-aisle planes and managed 145 deliveries in 2018. Completing the delivery numbers, the 777, 767 and 747-8 models brought the total to 806. Notably, the company is counting ten deliveries of 767-2C aircraft to the US Air Force which form part of the troubled KC-46 tanker program. "Boeing raised the bar again in 2018 thanks to our teammates' incredible focus on meeting customer commitments, and continuously improving quality and productivity," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister. "In a dynamic year, our production discipline and our supplier partners helped us build and deliver more airplanes than ever before to satisfy the strong demand for air travel across the globe."
Are Flying Cars The Future Of Urban Mobility?
Flying Cars have been a farfetched talking point for decades now, but are we finally starting to see a surge in the development of these types of technologies? Countless technology start-ups have been cropping up all over the world with promises to deliver these amazing and seemingly fictional capabilities by as soon as 2022. But even more than this; large investment companies are ploughing money into them to see this technology come to life! They aren’t using the anti-gravity propulsion or teleportation devices that are boasted by sci-fi shows, but they are still developing advanced technology which hasn’t been seen before. So …. What’s the problem? Major cities around the world we are seeing huge amounts of traffic, congestion and pollution, especially around peak times. This is mainly a result of how we have constructed our cities vs. transport systems over time as well as larger populations and the increasing urbanisation of the population. The majority of us live and work in 3D buildings (there are multiple floors piled on top of each other on a small footprint area at ground level). In some extreme cases, such as the Burj Khalifa in the UAE, 12,000 people can occupy the building's 6 million square feet with such a small comparative footprint onto the earth. Even the Burj’s underground parking has the capacity of 3000 vehicles. Imagine the offices inside the Burj Khalifa filled with eager employees Monday to Friday, now imagine everyone arrives and leaves at the same time in a 2D traffic system …. Surely this is madness! This will only create massive amounts of traffic and congestion around the building! Well this is exactly how our cities work at the moment. We didn’t plan it this way, or at least I think we didn’t, but this is what it has come to. Ok, yes, this is an example using the tallest building in the world – but picture London. In London, there are huge 3D buildings on every horizon, and the majority of traffic systems employ a 2D design. Of course, London has an underground subway system which certainly helps relieve city travel congestion, but there’s still an awful lot of traffic, noise and pollution. So now you know the problem, what are the solutions? The one logical solution is to create a 3D traffic system to support our 3D cities. And I believe that the most promising route is to look to the skies. Enter Air Taxis Air taxis are small vehicles, designed to fly from point A to point B in an urban environment. To cover off the basics, eVTOL stands for Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing – powered by batteries and capable of taking off and landing in very small spaces, without the need of even a short runway. VTOL technology has been available for decades - we have seen VTOL aircraft before in the Harrier Jump Jet and the newer F-35B, but applying electric technology to this concept changes the game. Electric flight is perfect for urban environments. There are no emissions. They are less noisy and it has finally become possible to power aircraft with batteries. There are however, still improvements to be made as detailed below. In my opinion, there are a few key factors which will contribute to the success of eVTOL on a global commercial scale. I have listed these below: 1) Noise pollution – these eVTOL vehicles will need to be quiet if we want to see lots of them transporting people around our cities. However, as there is a huge amount of airflow required to lift a passenger vehicle there will need to be some very clever engineering required to contain the noise these vehicles will produce 2) Certification – EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) are in talks at the moment to design airworthiness standards which will enable the certification of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It will be interesting to find out the battery requirements and safety systems needed to get them in the air. 3) Infrastructure – How are these vehicles going to be accessed and utilised? Will we see futuristic bus stations for eVTOL vehicles or will we be able to request a ride using our mobile similar to Uber’s model? 4) Customer confidence – An eVTOL aircraft, would you trust it enough to get in and fly about London? NVH Engineering (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) will need to be at the focal point when designing an eVTOL aircraft. It will need to be comfortable, quiet, stable and an overall enjoyable experience to appeal to the masses 5) Battery Technology – It’s safe to say, Lithium Ion batteries have come a long way in the last decade or so. The density and performance of Lithium Ion batteries have been drastically improved, as well as the charging speed. But for these eVTOL vehicles to fly a reasonable distance and have enough reserve power to meet safety standards – there’s still significant work to be done. The eVTOL industry is predicted to grow exponentially over the coming years as more and more technology companies release their version to market. By 2035 the market is expected to be worth around $32,000,000,000 with some companies boasting their technology to be ready by 2022. Since I started working with some of the world’s leading eVTOL and Urban Mobility companies back in November 2017, I have already seen some huge milestones met and massive technology advancements which will surely change Urban Mobility as we know it. Hopefully this article triggers some talking points around eVTOL and if or when it will change the shape of our cities. I would be very interested to know your thoughts, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch! Form ID:3935