Brazilian eVTOL developer Eve Air Mobility has partnered with Flexjet to test and simulate Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) system for eVTOL operations.
The simulation took place over four days in November 2023 at Flexjet’s Tactical Control Centre at Farnborough Airport. At the demonstration, the software shadowed live helicopter flights under Flexjet’s fleet.
Supporting the initiative, NATS and London Heliport provided additional feedback to ensure reliability.
Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve “This collaboration with Flexjet represents a significant step forward in our efforts to advance urban air mobility.”
“We are committed to exploring innovative solutions that will enhance current operations and contribute to the future of urban flights.”
The primary focus of the test was based on integrating vertiports to efficiently manage resources.
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Eve stated another aim of the project was to investigate whether the services were accustomed to helicopter operations.
Eli Flint, Flexjet President of Global Helicopter Operations, added: “We were delighted to provide Flexjet’s UK helicopter expertise and to play a key role in forging the UAM ecosystem of tomorrow, helping to inform the movements of the next generation of vertical aircraft.
Flexjet is dedicated to advancing the aviation solutions that will meet our customer’s needs over the coming years, and we are excited by the potential of eVTOLs for seamless and sustainable electric short-range flights.”
According to Flexjet, they aim to play an “integral role” in creating a reliable urban air mobility system.
Its sister company Halo will partner with Eve and will work together with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Federal Aviation Administration to advance an international eVTOL partnership.
This agreement follows previous expansions in vertiport operations which included Eve’s first Urban Air Traffic Management agreement in Dubai.