Air Force Awards Air Taxi Research Contract To EZ Aerospace

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Transportation ecosystem management platform EZ Aerospace has announced that it will be looking into using on-demand air taxis to transport personnel and cargo between U.S. Air Force bases. The research and development work will be conducted under a recently awarded Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract. EZ Aerospace says it is looking to build a dual-use air taxi market that will serve both government and commercial customers.

“EZ Aerospace’s novel approach uses existing on-demand charter air carriers, organic airlift, auxiliary airlift, and scheduled airlines,” the company said. “The team is betting on better utilizing existing regulations, technology, and government airlift contracts to bootstrap this futuristic method of flying in the safest, most affordable, and practical way, starting immediately, with no radical new technology required.”

According to EZ Aerospace, it has identified around 1,000 aircraft the Air Force could better use to improve domestic transport. The project may begin transport operations as soon as this year. Contract work will also support the Air Force’s Agility Prime program, which focuses on “accelerating … emerging commercial markets using military missions and equities.”

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  1. This is how you get…”The research and development work will be conducted under a recently awarded Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract.”… by writing this…”“EZ Aerospace’s novel approach uses existing on-demand charter air carriers, organic airlift, auxiliary airlift, and scheduled airlines,” the company said. “The team is betting on better utilizing existing regulations, technology, and government airlift contracts to bootstrap this futuristic method of flying in the safest, most affordable, and practical way, starting immediately, with no radical new technology required.”

    I love the words such as “organic airlift” to “bootstrap this futuristic method of flying”. Sounds like Air Force personnel will be flying with the public more often than not. Should make for some interesting video of TSA checking in civilian and military passengers while the ramp rats sort and load the camo containers from the civvie ones. Just add millions of dollars to the EZ Aerospace coffers, using the current hub and spoke debacle now called modern airline travel, mix with sprinkles of “organic” and “bootstrap” to have a final concoction that is “practical”, can “start immediately” with “no new radical technology required”. This makes flying “united” more of a reality in the Divided States of Merica.

    • Easy. If you can’t come up with any new ideas, just rename the old ones and throw in a bunch of buzzwords to confuse the issue. Organic airlift? Really? Sounds like they are flying fresh produce to Whole Foods Markets.

  2. And one of the common complaints is that “Military aviators don’t get enough flying time”–either to maintain proficiency or to build up their logbooks for civilian flying when they get out.

    Going Charter does nothing for military proficiency–it makes the problem of maintaining proficiency even LARGER.

    You can always count on civilians in government to do the WRONG THING for the military!