SPRINGFIELD (Dec. 10, 2020) – Mayor Warren Copeland was on-hand for a ceremonial groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting for the Agility Prime Project at Springfield-Beckley Airport. The virtual event included remarks from officials with the the Air Force Research Laboratory, Dayton Development Coalition, JobsOhio, City of Springfield, BETA Technologies, and Joby Aviation.
The Air Force recently launched Agility Prime, a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility aircraft and create a robust domestic industry and supply chain to support their development and production, according to an Air Force news release.
The simulators will allow pilots to gain experience in a controlled environment. Springfield’s airspace has been approved for testing beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities for unmanned aircraft, according to the release.
While Springfield’s airspace for testing of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities supports unmanned aircraft, it also conducts pioneering work into how to integrate unmanned systems into National Airspace System, a critical aspect of developing air taxi technology, according to the Air Force news release.
“The Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport is proud to be part of the ecosystem of unmanned aerial systems research and testing in Ohio,” said City of Springfield’s Assistant City Manager Tom Franzen. “Home to the Ohio UAS Center and SkyVision, a BVLOS range operated in partnership with ARFL and state of Ohio, Springfield-Beckley is excited to support Joby Aviation and BETA Technologies in the placement of their advanced flight simulators at the airport. The airport’s proximity to Wright Patterson AFB and the Dayton region’s aerospace industry allows for easy access for the company’s customers and U.S. Air Force partners.”
The groundbreaking event in Springfield was held during the inaugural AFWERX Accelerate event happening virtually Dec. 7-11. To learn more about Accelerate, visit, www.afwerx.com, or watch the video.