Unsettled Issues Concerning the Opportunities and Challenges of eVTOL
Applications during a Global Pandemic EPR2020022
Electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft technology has developed
beyond the traditional aviation industry and now influences the creation of new
and novel transportation applications. Some experts even suggest on-demand eVTOL
logistics capabilities could be harnessed by crisis response teams to c ombat a
The lessons of the COVID-19 crisis highlighted the challenges of managing a
global pandemic response due to the difference in regional and local resources,
culture, and political systems. Although there may not be a uniform crisis
management strategy that the world can agree on, next-generation vertical flight
vehicles could be used to distribute limited medical equipment, supplies, and
personnel to hot spots faster than conventional aircraft or ground vehicles.
However, creating this capability is not easy.
This SAE EDGE™ Research Report by Johnny Doo addresses the opportunities and
challenges of establishing an eVTOL fleet, including deployment, supporting
infrastructure, and fleet management.