Airspace integration trials programme partner making great progress

Published: 01 April 2021

Spokesperson Peter Crabtree (GM Science, Innovation and International) speaks about the progress of Wisk transport trial programme.

I welcome the announcement that Wisk is making strong progress towards the implementation of its transport trial, as part of the government's Airspace Integration Trials Programme (AITP), and the involvement of Insitu Pacific, a Boeing subsidiary and remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) company to support the trial.

Wisk was the first partner in the AITP and in 2020 it was announced that the New Zealand Government and Wisk had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a world-first passenger transport trial of Wisk's all-electric, self-flying air taxi. I am thrilled that Wisk has been making incredible progress with their trial programme.

Companies such as Wisk are recognising New Zealand has unique competitive advantages which help create the ideal conditions for aerospace innovation, including our geographic location and a pragmatic approach to solving policy and regulatory challenges, including through initiatives like the AITP.

The AITP puts New Zealand at the forefront of solving some of the big challenges associated with full airspace integration. The integration of advanced autonomous aircraft capable of carrying people, cargo or performing time intensive, expensive or risky tasks, which has the potential to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand.

We look forward to continuing to work with Wisk as they prepare for the implementation of their trial later this year.

Background information

  • The AITP is dedicated to supporting the safe testing, development and market validation of advanced unmanned aircraft in New Zealand.
  • Wisk was announced as the first AITP partner in March October 2019, followed by Kea Aerospace in November 2020 and Envico Technologies in March 2021.

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Last updated: 01 April 2021