ASTM WK59317

    New Specification for Vertiport Design

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    WK59317

    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification defines the requirements for the planning, design, and establishment of vertiports intended to service small vertical-takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. These aircraft include, but are not limited to, standard category aircraft 7000 lbs or less and nine passengers or less), optionally piloted aircraft, and unmanned aircraft. Vertiports may provide commercial or private services in support of the operation of VTOL aircraft, including, but not limited to, occupant and cargo transport, flight instruction, aerial work, aircraft rental, electrical charging, refueling, aircraft hangaring, and maintenance services. 1.2 This specification is intended to support the design of civil vertiports and vertistops; however, it may also be used as a best practice document for other operations. 1.2.1 Vertiport means a generic reference to the area of land, water, or structure used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of VTOL aircraft together with associated buildings and facilities. At this time, aircraft with floats conducting water landings and takeoffs are not included in this specification. 1.2.2 Vertistop means a minimally developed VTOL aircraft facility for boarding and discharging passengers or cargo. The vertiport/vertistop relationship is comparable to a bus terminal-bus stop relationship with respect to the extent of services provided or expected. 1.3 UnitsThis standard may present information in either SI units, English engineering units, or both. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    Keywords

    vertiport; vertistop; UAS; unmanned aerial system; VTOL; vertical takeoff and landing; eAircraft; electric aircraft; hybrid aircraft; UAM; urban air mobility

    Rationale

    This specification is intended to support the design of civil vertiports and vertistops; however, it may also be used as a best practice document for other operations. Vertiport means a generic reference to the area of land, water, or structure used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of VTOL aircraft together with associated buildings and facilities. Vertistop means a minimally developed VTOL aircraft facility for boarding and discharging passengers or cargo. The vertiport/vertistop relationship is comparable to a bus terminal-bus stop relationship with respect to the extent of services provided or expected. The proliferation of electric-powered VTOL should be carefully considered in the development of this specification. This specification shall be scalable to address aircraft ranging in size and kinetic energy, including unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft. Although vertiports will support operations by both civil VTOL aircraft and civil helicopters, the design of certain vertiports in which airspace is limited may make it impractical for older, less capable helicopters to operate at a particular vertiport; however, the CAA may choose to specify aircraft certification and qualifications.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:
    06-09-2017

    Technical Contact:
    Jonathan Daniels

    Item:
    001

    Ballot:
    F38 (19-06)

    Status:
    In Balloting