Other vertiports would be added in future years at strategic locations in Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas. Hillwood, the company that developed Fort Worth’s AllianceTexas development, would provide the station locations and other ground infrastructure.
The idea would be for North Texans to use other forms of ride-sharing or ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft for ground transportation from the vertiports to their final destination.
For Bell, air taxis would be a new niche. (The company, while working with Uber on the Uber Elevate project, also has its own working title for flying taxis — Bell Air.)
“Bell has plenty of customers on the upper end of the economic scale, but it’s time to bring a better air-mobility solution to a different set of folks, and the way you do that is to bring the costs down,” Scott Drennan, Bell’s director of innovation, told the summit crowd.
The Federal Aviation Administration is ready to work with Uber and Bell to develop such a system, said Al Brunner, FAA safety inspector. The project would require the federal agency to take a fresh look at how airspace just a few hundred feet off the ground is regulated.