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Issue 72 October 2021

The flying cars of pop culture are slowly becoming a reality, but as we can see, these aren't so much flying cars, per se. I suppose it's more apt to describe them as big drones, or small aircraft.

Whatever they look like, it's exciting to think that in 20 to 30 years, it might be a common sight seeing people zipping through the air in these things. Over recent years, Malaysia and Singapore have shown a real hunger to be early adopters, with hopes of launching commercial electric vertical takeoff and landing taxi services in Singapore by 2023.

It seems that these modes of transport are inevitable, but they aren't without problems. We learn more in this issue, as we highlight a new feasibility study by Malaysia Airports for urban air mobility connectivity at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.

Elsewhere, we profile new technology that is being trialled at Miami Airport to track unauthorized drones, and potentially one day take them down as well – which could make situations such as the 2018 Gatwick drone incident a thing of the past.

As well as all of this, we learn about Thales' new digital token for passenger handling, profile Torino Airport's efforts to be more sustainable, highlight the impressive winning entries at the 15th annual University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs, and a whole lot more.

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Peter Nilson, editor