Local government roles

Everything you need to know about engaging with local government

An introduction to AAM and UAM will start with a definition of the meaning of the terms and build awareness and understanding of the essential elements of the new industry that is emerging. The first module will take a high level view of the drone and urban air mobility industry. It will cover definitions and operating concepts for drones, urban air mobility and advanced air mobility vehicles. It will look at the timescales for their development and deployment and finally discuss how local authorities will be impacted by the introduction of these new aircraft in the urban airspace and cover the benefits they will bring and the challenges, too.

This course brings together a wide range of information from a variety of national and international sources to give an overview of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) or Urban Air Mobility (UAM) from a local government perspective.

What is included

  • Video lessons including transcripts
  • Related documents for recommended reading
  • Resources sheet providing hyperlinks and credits
  • Quiz to check your basic knowledge of the topics presented.

How local government works

1.1 Structures and type mapping

1.2 Local government roles

1.3 Departments involved with drones and AAM

1.4 Responsibilities, priorities and hindrances

1.5 Procurement – quality, price, and social value

1.6 Related organisations

1.7 The role of politics in shaping local government decision making

Blue light services

2.1 Fire Services

2.2 Police

2.3 Ambulance and healthcare

2.4 Coast Guard, RNLI, Mountain rescue, life-guards

Transport Planning and Infrastructure – vertiports, drone TALOs, UTM

3.1 Transport Planning obligations and integration of transport modalities

3.2 Planning requests and guidance

3.3 Guidance material

3.4 UTM

3.5 Infrastructure requirements for AAM and drone ecosystem

3.6 Defining roles – CAA v Councils

3.7 Airspace security – police, prisons and counter terrorism

3.8 Safety-in the air and on the ground

How councils are using drones

4.1 Saving lives

4.2 Reducing costs

4.3 Reducing environmental footprint

4.4 Local government and drone industry operational analysis

4.5 Legal and regulatory issues

Airfield and aerodrome development opportunities

5.1 Economic impact assessments

5.2 Approach and departure paths 

5.3 Emergency response management

5.4 Vertiports at existing flight facilities

Drone and AAM impact concerns& public consultation

6.1 Drone and eVTOL noise

6.2 Drone privacy

6.3 Drone and eVTOL safety6.4 Fear of autonomy

6.5 Wildlife protection6.6 Security

6.7 Public consultation