Vertiports Planning and Design

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Jenny Bradley
Jenny BradleyHead of Training
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Passenger Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a soaring and dynamic market. Forecasts predict more than 160,000 commercial passenger drones to be in operation by 2050, a vast increase compared to approximately 25,000 passenger aircraft today. 

The implementation of vertiports as the vital interface between urban air mobility and other means of public transportation carries a multitude of questions and challenges, in particular in the area of physical ground infrastructure requirements.

This 2-day course provides attendants with a comprehensive overview of the fast-growing market of eVTOL aircraft and the layout vertiports. 

Participants will become familiar with eVTOL aircraft types as well as their characteristics and learn how to configure, dimension, and design the fundamental infrastructural elements of vertiports, including elements such as final approach and take-off area (FATO), touchdown and lift-off area (TLOF), taxiways and stands as well as visual aids (markings, lights and signs). Furthermore, additional considerations like obstacle restriction and noise assessment will be discussed. 

This training targets all experts involved in vertiport planning or operations, including authorities, engineers and architects. 

Course Details

Location: In-house
Language: English
Duration: 2 days

Course Content


  • Overview of the development of eVTOL aircraft
  • Status of ICAO, EASA and other international regulations related to the certification of eVTOL aircraft as well as the planning and design of vertiports
  • Regulatory framework 

eVTOL aircraft

  • Classification of eVTOL aircraft
  • Dimensioning of eVTOL aircraft 
  • Relevant performance parameters 

Planning and design of vertiports

  • Types of vertiports (surface-level and elevated) and basic vertiport layouts
  • Site selection and feasibility studies
  • Dimensioning of vertiports
  • Visual aids to be provided
  • Comparison between vertiports and heliports / mixed use requirements 

Additional considerations

  • Obstacle restriction
  • Rescue and firefighting
  • Assessment of aircraft noise at vertiports
  • Initial certification of vertiports

Practical examples  


Denis Thiemer, Dipl.-Ing.

Denis is a transport engineer, specialised in aerodrome planning, with wide ranging experience in airside infrastructure design, aerodrome operations and safety as well as compliance with ICAO SARPs and EASA aerodrome regulations. 

He supports numerous airports worldwide in planning and design tasks, compliance inspections and audits. One of Denis’s core competences is airside operations, assisting clients in developing innovative operational concepts for safe and efficient airside operations. 

Denis has expert knowledge and expertise in airport expansion and rehabilitation projects, including aeronautical studies, obstruction surveys and safety cases as well as the planning of accompanying measures related to extensive construction activities on airports. 

His most recent projects include Berlin, Munich, Hannover, Hamburg and Luxembourg airports as well as Auckland (NZ), Brussels, Sydney, Jamaica and Yaoundé and Douala Airports.

Target Group

  • Aerodrome designers, engineers, planners and operators
  • Civil Aviation Authorities personnel 
  • Architects and civil engineers
  • Governmental organisations and agencies 

Organisational Details

airsight offers this training course on request, worldwide. At the end of the course, all participants will receive an airsight certificate based on EASA training regulations, which is highly recognized throughout the aviation industry.

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