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Chairman Gilbert paves the way for Urban Air Mobility in 2023 for Miami-Dade County

Chairman Gilbert's partnership with BLADE sets the stage for a transformative era of Urban Air Mobility in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County took a leap into the future of transportation as Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III led the charge. With a focus on Urban Air Mobility (UAM), Chairman Gilbert met with BLADE, a renowned UAM leader, to discuss the potential of transforming air transportation in the county. This exciting development aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce fuel emissions, and enhance the overall transportation experience for residents.

Let's delve into the details of this Urban Air Mobility groundbreaking initiative.

BLADE and Chairman Gilbert embarked on a journey of innovation

BLADE, a global Urban Air Mobility platform, has been making waves in the industry with its efficient travel solutions. Offering both scheduled flights and private charters, BLADE's fleet included jets, helicopters, seaplanes, and turboprops. Notably, they achieved a major milestone with the successful launch of their emission-free Electric Vertical Aircraft (EVA) flight in New York earlier this year.

Chairman Gilbert recognized the immense potential of BLADE's expertise and aimed to collaborate with them to tackle transportation challenges faced by Miami-Dade County. This partnership explored ways to address ground transportation concerns, enhance cargo logistics efficiency, and embrace the adaptation of EVAs. By forging this alliance, Chairman Gilbert sought to unlock a new era of air travel that was faster, safer, and more sustainable for all.

Oliver Gilbert attending to the venue
Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III and Hydi Webb PortMiami Director and CEO

A promising future: Chairman Gilbert's vision took flight

Chairman Gilbert's commitment to advancing the development of Urban Air Mobility extended beyond discussions and meetings. In line with his progressive agenda, he toured BLADE Lounge Miami at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport and witnessed firsthand the state-of-the-art facilities that supported UAM operations. Additionally, Chairman Gilbert took an air tour of BLADE's helipad location at the iconic Hard Rock Stadium, showcasing the vast potential of aerial transportation in Miami-Dade County.

Not stopping there, Chairman Gilbert proceeded to CoMotion Miami, a two-day conference dedicated to emerging mobility, where he joined the Advance Air Mobility (AAM) Industry Meeting speaker panel. In this panel discussion, he engaged with regulatory agencies, vertiport and vehicle developers, and other city leaders to explore regulatory structures for the AAM/UAM industry. This comprehensive approach ensured that Miami-Dade County remained at the forefront of innovative transportation solutions.

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