Feasibility Study of Regional Air Mobility Services for High Priority Transportation in the San Joaquin Valley

Advances in electric aircraft development are providing the opportunity for new Regional Air Mobility services to develop that can enhance connectivity of regions by using underutilized existing airport infrastructure and integrating that with electrified ground transportation. This research project seeks to determine how Regional Air Mobility using electric/hybrid electric aircraft can provide new high-speed transportation for high priority passenger and cargo movement within Fresno County and connection to coastal urban centers.

Principal Investigator: 

Julio Roa

PI Contact Information: 

jroa@csufresno.edu

California State University, Fresno

Dates: 

January 2021 to December 2021

Impacts/Benefits of Implementation: 

The objective of this project is to study the potential opportunities and challenges to effectively implement (electric/hybrid) regional air mobility in the San Joaquin Valley and how the new service can provide new high-speed transportation for high priority passenger and cargo movement within Fresno County and connection to coastal urban centers. Can Regional Air Mobility provide new high-speed transportation for high priority passenger and cargo movement within Fresno County and connection to coastal urban centers?

The potential of RAM to increase connectivity options for traveling from 50-500 miles is discussed and reported. RAM provides the possibility of using 220+ miles per hour electric commuter aircraft from smaller underutilized regional airports to travel to similar airports close to the final destination while avoiding urban ground congestion. This project proposes to discover the feasibility of RAM supporting high-speed transportation for high priority passenger and cargo movement within Fresno County and connection to coastal urban centers.

Project Number: 

2129