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Enabling Technologies for Personal Air Transport Systems

Enabling Technologies for Personal Air Transport Systems

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Foundation laid for tomorrow's mobility via a personal aerial transportation system

A transportation system based on personal aerial vehicles (PAVs) may slowly but surely be moving from the realm of science fiction to reality. An EU initiative laid the basis for this once far-fetched scenario.


This vision is now closer to being realised than ever before, thanks to the EU-funded project MYCOPTER (Enabling technologies for personal air transport systems). A personal aerial transportation system (PATS) could alleviate increasing traffic congestion problems on the ground. But before such a system can deliver, various technological and societal challenges need to be resolved. Automation technologies are key to the success of a PATS. The developed technologies were demonstrated on various test facilities. Advances in automation technologies were implemented and tested in unmanned aerial vehicles, and prototypes for human-machine interface and training scenarios were investigated on fixed-base simulators. Autonomous flight in urban environments where accurate global positioning system-based localisation cannot be guaranteed, collision-free autonomous navigation and automatic landing place selection are prime examples of challenges that project partners tackled. The MYCOPTER team developed requirements for the handling qualities of future PAVs and a training syllabus for potential pilots that can be completed in about five hours. New flight control devices suitable for pilots with limited flight experience were integrated into various simulators and tested in flight scenarios. To better understand the impact of a PATS on society, project members mapped its socioeconomic situation. This helped to identify the challenges and issues of a PATS and its integration into Europe's current transportation system. The potential opportunities, obstacles and challenges of PAVs were also identified via extensive literature research and expert interviews. In addition, three focus group interviews with laypersons provided insight into the perspectives and expectations of potential users and/or citizens with regards to PATS development. MYCOPTER demonstrated that a PATS can become reality provided that appropriate technological advancements take place and socio-technological considerations are taken into account. It might not be long before a PATS alleviates traffic congestion, saves time and fuel, and improves the quality of life for EU citizens.


Personal aerial transportation system, transportation, personal aerial vehicles, traffic congestion

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266470


Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 4 496 419

  • EU contribution

    € 3 424 534

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