Advertisment

Florida's Flying Car Future Takes Off: House Bill 981 Approved

Florida's leap into the future is closer as House Bill 981 gains approval for flying cars. Orlando International Airport is poised to become a hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, with Lilium establishing a vertiport. The bill sets the stage for advanced air mobility in the state, enhancing regional mobility and catering to millions of annual visitors.

author-image
Geeta Pillai
Updated On
New Update
Florida's Flying Car Future Takes Off: House Bill 981 Approved

Florida's Flying Car Future Takes Off: House Bill 981 Approved

Florida's leap into the future with flying cars inches closer as House Bill 981 gains unanimous approval from the bipartisan subcommittee. The vision, inspired by the cartoon series 'The Jetsons', is spearheaded by Representative Doug Bankson and House Transportation Modals Subcommittee Chair Rep Fiona McFarland. Passed on January 25, the bill paves the way for Florida vertiports to support electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, positioning Orlando International Airport as a hub for this emerging technology.

Advertisment

The Dawn of a New Era

The passing of House Bill 981 marks a significant milestone in Florida's journey towards advanced air mobility (AAM). The bill, championed by Representative Doug Bankson and Representative Fiona McFarland, envisions Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) as the state's AAM test site. This designation sets the stage for the development of vertiports, the infrastructure required for eVTOL aircraft operations.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) is poised to become the epicenter of this revolutionary technology. The airport's conceptual plan includes an on-site vertiport and a Center of Excellence for research and development. This strategic move is expected to bolster regional mobility and cater to the nearly 80 million annual visitors to the region.

Advertisment

Lilium's Central Role

Lilium, a leading manufacturer of eVTOL aircraft, views Orlando as the ideal location for its operations in central Florida. The company plans to establish a vertiport at MCO, further solidifying Orlando's status as a hub for this emerging technology. Lilium has been working closely with Representative Bankson and Representative McFarland to ensure Florida's policy adapts to meet the needs of Lilium and its commercial partners.

A Policy for Progress

The companion piece of legislation in the Florida Senate awaits approval. If passed, the bill would take effect in July, marking the dawn of a new era in Florida's transportation landscape. The unanimous support for House Bill 981 underscores the bipartisan commitment to embracing innovation and positioning Florida at the forefront of the AAM industry.

As Florida prepares to rewrite the rules of the sky, the dream of flying cars inspired by 'The Jetsons' is no longer a distant fantasy. With House Bill 981, Representative Doug Bankson and Representative Fiona McFarland are bringing this futuristic vision to life, transforming Orlando International Airport into a hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Lilium's planned vertiport at MCO further solidifies this vision, promising enhanced regional mobility and a new chapter in Florida's transportation history. The anticipated approval of the bill's companion legislation in the Florida Senate this July could well mark the beginning of a new era in air travel.

Advertisment
Advertisment