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Future Mobility Campus Ireland meets with Minister Jack Chambers to share plans including the participation in Transport Research Arena

On Friday, 9th of February 2024, our team at Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI) got the opportunity to welcome Minister Jack Chambers, the Minister of State at the Department of Transport. This is not the first visit from Minister Chambers to FMCI. This time, FMCI team covered their plans for Advanced Air Mobility in Ireland, legalisation of Automated road vehicles, and plans for the Transport Research Area (TRA) that is taking place in Dublin in April 2024.

As part of the visit, the Minister met with senior representatives from Tesla Ireland. The conversation revolved around the adoption of EVs in Ireland and the role of Tesla in taking. Tesla is using FMCI facility for serving their customers’ cars. FMCI is also home for Tesla’s first self service test driving.

During his visit, the Minister met with Provizio, one of the companies supported by FMCI. The conversation with Provizio covered the valuable privilege and significance of having FMCI in supporting indigenous startups, facilitating the development of their products, and maximizing their advantages within the FMCI ecosystem.

Russell Vickers our CEO shared FMCI’s vision to extend FMCI capabilities to enable Air Taxi R&D activities in the region by showing a preview of our next phase of development towards a full scale Vertiport at FMCI.

Our COO, Dr. Wassim Derguech, who is the coordinator of ÉALÚ-AER project, showcased the project’s objectives around the deployment of U-space services in Shannon with the support of the project consortium members. The project will be an enabling building block of the Vertiport in Shannon. The project will be one of the demonstrations at the TRA in Dublin this April.

“TRA is one of the largest events organised by the European Commission and attracts highly influential stakeholders in the transport domain from academia, policy makers and industry. We want TRA to be our stage to showcase how Ireland is a hub of innovations for advanced land and air mobility remarks Dr. Wassim Derguech, COO, FMCI


ÉALÚ-AER is one of the first European Digital Sky Demonstrators to focus on U-space and Urban Air Mobility as part of the European ATM Master Plan designed by the SESAR Joint Undertaking (JU). SESAR JU aims at accelerating through research and innovation the delivery of an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Digital European Sky.


Digital Sky Demonstrators, such as ÉALÚ-AER, are high-level Technology Readiness Level (TRL 7-8) projects that are funded in collaboration with the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under the Connected Europe Facility (CEF) funding instrument.

ÉALÚ-AER partners include: FMCI (cooridnator), Collins Aerospace, The Shannon Airport Group, Avtrain, DeepBlue, Manna, AirNav Ireland and Spright.

For more details about the project, please follow this link:

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