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MRO Sigma latest to join Greenbird air taxi consortium

written by Adam Thorn | July 1, 2022

Private MRO Sigma Aerospace has become the latest organisation to join the Greenbird air taxi consortium.

The Tamworth-based business works with airlines including Qantas, Virgin, and Rex, as well as offering part 147 training.

Greenbird was established earlier this year by Aviation Projects director — and former Australian Aviation editor — Keith Tonkin alongside AVISTRA managing director Sara Hales.

The target of the “collaboration platform” is to have a fully functioning air taxi system in place in the Queensland capital ahead of the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.

Greenbird now has 13 ecosystem partners, including AVISTRA, Aviation Projects, Skyports (UK), Archerfield Airport Corporation, Griffith University, AMSL Aero, Nautilus Aviation, Aviator Group, H2 Energy Company (h2ec), Electro.Aero, AvLogix Solutions, and FlyFreely. It hopes to announce more in the coming weeks.

The consortium’s managing director, Sara Hales, said, “We are pleased to have an Australian MRO join Greenbird. A key aspect of establishing the AAM industry in Australia is ensuring every aspect of the supply chain is involved.

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“Aircraft maintenance is critical to ensuring the continuing airworthiness of AAM aircraft, and the contribution of such a key MRO player is a valuable addition to the platform.”

Sigma Aerospace director Matthew Wheatley said new tech coming to market provides an opportunity to repurpose general aviation through alternative technology such as electric and hydrogen propulsion systems.

“Being a part of Greenbird and being connected with AAM-focused organisations presents a significant opportunity to revive general aviation in regional Australia,” said Wheatley. “We see AAM technology as a key enabler for connecting regional communities, improving supply chains, creating Australian jobs, and helping to reduce Australia’s carbon footprint.”

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Australian Aviation recently reported how clean energy provider h2ec, engineering consultancy firm AvLogix Solutions, and uncrewed systems management platform FlyFreely were also welcomed into the industry collaboration.

h2ec is currently collaborating within the aviation sector to develop hydrogen energy opportunities at various Australian airports, while AvLogix Solutions currently specialises in the automation of operations and processes related to baggage handling systems, cargo facilities, and parcel freight logistics.

FlyFreely helps commercial operators manage all aspects of operations, compliance, and fleet management, and already has a deep understanding of the remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) industry, according to Greenbird.

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