Embraer Eve Leads Working Group To Develop UAM in Rio

 - August 30, 2021, 11:48 AM
Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility division is now working with partners and government entities to develop a concept of operations for urban air mobility in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Embraer Eve)

Embraer’s Eve Urban Air Mobility division has started cooperating with commercial partners and government entities to develop a concept of operations for urban air mobility (UAM) in Rio de Janeiro. According to Eve, the project’s first test will happen by year-end in the Brazilian city using helicopters to simulate Eve’s planned four-passenger eVTOL, which the company expects to enter service in 2026.

Under Eve's coordination, the initiative brings together Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and Department of Airspace Control (DECEA) to assess the existing infrastructure and air traffic management organization to safely allow for UAM operations. The collaboration includes partners such as Helisul Aviation, one of the largest helicopter operators in Latin America; Skyports, a company that designs, builds, and operates vertiports; Flapper, an independent platform for on-demand flights; and EDP, one of the largest companies in the energy sector.

"We want to explore new and practical concepts to facilitate the safe introduction of the UAM industry in Brazil. In this initial stage, we will describe the main characteristics and requirements of the ecosystem, from the perspective of the users, partners, entities, and government departments involved," said Eve CEO André Stein.

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