Composites manufacturer Quickstep has teamed up with aviation collaboration platform Greenbird to further commercialisation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Australia.
Greenbird Managing Director Sara Hales said having on board an Australian manufacturing organisation with considerable capabilities was a major step to advancing AAM in Australia.
She said: “We want to see Australia making strides in the aviation and aerospace sector by being one of the first mover locations for AAM globally.
“Working with our members we can connect original equipment manufacturers with organisations like Quickstep to progress the development of Australian-made eVTOLs.”
Taringa, Queensland based Greenbird facilitates collaboration between industry partners, research institutions and government to commercialise emerging sustainable aviation technologies.
Quickstep joins Greenbird partners including AVISTRA, Aviation Projects, Skyports (UK), Archerfield Airport Corporation, Griffith University, AMSL Aero, Nautilus Aviation, Aviator Group, h2 energy company, Electro.Aero, AvLogix Solutions, FlyFreely, Sigma Aerospace and Swan River Seaplanes.
Quickstep has recently made efforts to move into the AAM sector, supporting new aircraft development by providing start-ups with the means to move from prototype to production in Australia.
Quickstep Applied Composites Executive General Manager Steve Osborne said becoming a part of the Greenbird team allowed the company to work with likeminded industry experts.
Osborne said: “This rapidly growing aviation sector has aerospace manufacturing at its core and provides a massive opportunity for Quickstep and the broader Australian supply chain, from manufacturing through to aircraft operations.
“The work the Greenbird team is doing is critical to ensuring Australia keeps pace with this global aviation revolution.”
Quickstep already supplies aerospace leaders including Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and the Qantas Group.
Greenbird expects to announce additional partners in the coming weeks.
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