GE Partners With Uber on eVTOL Flight Data Monitoring

 - October 15, 2020, 9:12 AM
Uber wants operators within its planned rideshare air taxi network to use flight data monitoring and analysis using software developed by GE Aviation. [Image: Uber Elevate]

GE Aviation’s Digital Group is working to develop a flight data monitoring (FDM) program to support Uber Elevate’s planned eVTOL aircraft rideshare service. The technology will form part of the safety management system (SMS) that Uber intends to voluntarily implement and be based on the FAA’s Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) model.

The two companies have been collaborating on the project for several months to develop the technical requirements to apply FDM and analysis to any of the eVTOL aircraft that will be used for the Uber Air operations, which are due to start from 2023 in cities such as Dallas and Los Angeles. So far, Uber has selected eight manufacturers as partners to develop eVTOL aircraft for its program. These include Bell, Embraer, Hyundai, Jaunt Air Mobility, Joby Aviation, Overair, Pipistrel, and Aurora Flight Sciences (a Boeing subsidiary).

The plan is to use GE’s eFOQA software to process and analyze flight data to identify safety risks, determine root causes, and monitor corrective actions. Uber Air Part 135 operators would use a standardized FOQA solution so that data could be comparatively analyzed and stored in GE’s secure servers. The software is used to support the FAA’s Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing program, which uses aggregated data from multiple operators to address systemic safety issues in the National Airspace System.

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