UAM, AAM, Drone and UAV – What’s In A Name?

by Ed De Reyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.

These days, people refer to them as “drones”. But drones are not Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and UAM isn’t an Unmanned Air Vehicle. So why all the fuss about names? We’ll to begin with, one segment of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) has been around for over 100 years. This presentation will explain the differences – and why such differences “make a difference” thank just a name.


Ed De Reyes is a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, serial entrepreneur and inventor, with several patents and patents-pending to his name. Several of the key technologies that Ed has developed are directly related to the field of aviation – including a patent for a unique liquid-nitrogen-powered turbine engine that does not combust any fuel at all.
In February of 2018, Ed retired as an experimental test pilot and flight test engineer, having worked for several companies, including McDonnell Douglas, Aerotest, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, Cobalt, Elytron, and Moller International to name a few.

Ed has also served as the chief technology officer for a carbon capture and storage start-up based on technology that he invented. Ed has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Aeronautical Engineering, and has design, test and integration experience in aircraft propulsion, avionics, flight dynamics and VTOL flight test. Ed’s experience includes FAA aircraft certification, and UAV test experience as far back as 1979 on the BGM-109 Cruise Missile.

Ed serves as a Voting Member of the American Standards of Testing and Materials (ASTM) in Aircraft Certification Standards, and has been a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers for over 33 years.

Ed is a commercial, multi-engine and instrument rated pilot.

About Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc.

Manufacturer of the world’s first heavy-lift, eVTOL cargo UAV. Sabrewing’s cargo aircraft can fly higher, farther and faster than state-of-the-art regional cargo carrier aircraft, yet only cost a fraction of the cost to maintain and operate manned cargo aircraft.

The ONLINE Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants, shippers and governmental organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
  • UCA configurations:
    • Large / medium size
    • Last mile delivery
    • Urban space delivery
    • Medical supply drones
  • Regulatory / Legal issues
  • What can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
  • Market analysis
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM) / UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Integration of systems / technologies required for UCA to operate

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