NASA’s Vision Concept of Operations for its Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Maturity Level-4 was recently published online. The document provides a foundation from which continuing discussion about the development and integration of UAM can take place.  +View Here

On Feb. 2 - 4, 2021, TACP and NARI produced the first ever integrated Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP) Showcase that highlighted technical contributions to the aeronautics community, the importance of partnerships and collaboration (3,100 total views over the three days). View Recordings at 2021 TACP Showcase

The NASA Aeronautics Research Institute in support of ARMD’s AAM Project is collaborating with Agility Prime to launch the AAM Supply Chain Working Group. The overall goal of this working group is to ensure that the aerospace supply chain will meet the demands of vehicles with regards to resiliency, production targets, and competitiveness. +Register!

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Groups are bringing together the broad community dedicated to accelerating safe, high-volume AAM flight operations. + Future Meetings and Additional Information


Thank you for visiting NARI at the Ames Open House

If you would like to download a pdf of the Four Forces of Flight Educational Activity from the event, click here. You can also get links to more educational aeronautics activities on this page.


Upcoming Events

AAM Ecosystem Working Groups  Various Dates & Times For more details, click here
Transformative Vertical Flight Group #3 - Commercial Inter-City (Longer Range) Every Tuesday 11:00-12:00PM PT For more details, click here
Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD) Project Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) September 22 - 23, 2021 11:00AM - 5:30PM ET / 8:00AM - 2:30PM PT For more details, click here

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NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) operates at the nexus of industry, government and academia with an outward-facing approach to monitor trends and aviation needs. NARI’s goal is to develop partnerships that maximize impact to meet future aviation demands and opportunities consistent with Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate strategic thrusts.

University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

This initiative allows universities and university-led partnerships to provide strategic leadership that advances ARMD’s research objectives and promotes education of the next generation of engineers.


International Forum for Aviation Research (IFAR)

IFAR is the world's only aviation research establishment network. Our team is working with IFAR to create capabilities and events to support IFAR virtual events to enhance international collaboration in aeronautics research and connect the future leaders of the aviation industry.

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ATM-X Digital Information Platform

The overall goal of NASA’s Digital Information Platform (DIP) as part of the Air Traffic Management (ATM-X) project is to accelerate transformation of the National Airspace System (NAS) and airspace operations through the development of a foundation for advanced, data-driven, digital services for both traditional and emergent operations towards cohesive decision making.

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IATA - Up in the Air Blog

The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) in collaboration with NARI has started an Air Traffic Management blog called Up In The Air. It is looking at the COVID-19 disruption and how to restart and build a more resilient and efficient aviation industry.

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Ecosystem Working Groups

The working groups aim to accelerate the development of safe, high-volume AAM flight operations by bringing together the broad community involved in developing this new capability. We commenced the AAM ecosystem working groups in March 2020 in a virtual forum. Moving forward, there will be continued virtual gatherings to facilitate community engagement and input. Participation offers the opportunity to closely collaborate with NASA and other government organizations towards developing the standards, policies, and operationalization of AAM. 

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Past Events

February 26, 2020: UAM Guided Discussion

Version 1 of NextGen Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Concept of Operations was developed through a series of collaborative activities and enagagement in partnership with FAA, NASA, and industry stakeholders. It describes the envisioned operational environment that supports the expected evolution of UAM operations and provides the foundational information incorporate UAM operations into existing Air Traffic Management (ATM) environment. Future collaboration with stakeholders will further mature and modify this document.

December 12, 2019: Upper E Traffic Management (ETM) tabletop on development of the ETM concept and associated operational requirements with focus on operations that occur above and below FL600 and techniques for cooperative traffic management - Documents now available

August 6-7, 2019: Enabling Autonomous Flight and Operations in the NAS workshop 2 with emphasis on autonomous small unmanned aircraft systems and increasingly autonomous medium-size urban air mobility vehicles - Presentations now available

April 23-24, 2019: Enabling Autonomous Flight Operations in the NAS 1 with emphasis on enabling medium-size cargo/freighters and reduced crew transport category aircraft operating in all classes of airspace - Reports now available 







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