Eve Partners with Halo Aviation to Launch Urban Air Traffic Management Solution

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    Embrace

    Stock code:
    erj

    Creation date :
    1969-08-19

    CEO:
    Francisco Gomes Neto

    Head office location:
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Key product lines:
    Embraer 170, Embraer 175, Embraer 190, Embraer 195, Embraer 175-E2, Embraer 190-E2, Embraer 195-E2

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    Planner

Eve Air Mobility (Eve) is an Embraer brainchild dedicated to accelerating the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. A particular branch of the company is state-of-the-art Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM), for which Halo Aviation (Halo) has now become the launch customer.

All about UATM

Air traffic management encompasses all the systems and services necessary to assist an aircraft from departure, transit and landing. UATM works on a similar logic, but ultimately on a smaller scale as it only supports UAM vehicles and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) systems. Simply put, UATM provides structured traffic management systems with a single airspace authority and should be ergonomically designed to organize traffic flows while mitigating risk and providing necessary support.

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The UATM branch of the developing Eve ecosystem presents a portfolio of services that seek to create a more favorable operating environment for the evolution of the UAM industry. Eve uses knowledge of air traffic control technology from Embraer and systems integration company, Atech, to develop its UATM software.

This focuses on a procedure-based approach to developing UAM operations while minimizing impacts on “scheduled” air traffic control. Such services will safely integrate an increasing volume of UAM vehicles into the lower airspace, as UAM flights typically affect neighborhoods, municipal transportation plans, infrastructure, commercial real estate investments, and more.

Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve, said in a statement:

“Eve’s portfolio of agnostic solutions addresses the complexity of UAM networks, which require holistic, integrated services across the ecosystem that connect stakeholders to maintain and improve security, optimize performance, and reduce operating costs. exploitation.”

Eve’s UATM system solution is developed to help maximize the UAM operations of its eVTOLs. Photo: Eve

The UAM market remains relatively small for now, and the spread of UATM is also limited to a small percentage of the aviation industry. However, Eve predicts that as the popularity of UAMs increases, the UATM system will eventually evolve and may have the potential to integrate into a single system.

In the distant future, the UATM system could interact with the global air traffic management ecosystem to share operational data exchanged with all models of air transport, drones, helicopters, commercial aircraft and other flying taxis.

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Obtained a letter of intent

In June last year, Halo partnered in a non-binding commitment to order up to 200 eVTOLs from Eve, which would explain why Eve would choose the company as a launch customer for its UATM solution. A letter of intent has been signed between the two companies to consolidate the collaboration in the development and launch of the UATM software solution.

Celebrating the victory of his UATM system, Stein said:

“We believe that collaborations like ours are key to fostering a thriving UAM market that will benefit communities and passengers with a new additional mode of transportation. Halo’s exceptional travel services, combined with our solutions, make this partnership extremely promising.”

As part of the signed agreement, Halo will acquire the software and use it to maximize its UAM operations. In contrast, Eve will continue to unlock value and network performance from the UAM market to enable better industry-safe flexibility. The two companies also intend to develop an operational model of the UATM system to deploy in specific missions and regions in the US and UK, where Halo operates.

Neither Eve nor Halo revealed the value of the deal, but Eve is also talking to other potential customers to expand its air traffic management footprint. Photo: Eve

Andrew Collins, President and CEO of Halo, commented:

“Halo is pleased to form a unique and collaborative partnership with Eve as they work to deploy a series of agnostic solutions that will significantly boost the creation and overall performance of UAM’s network. In this case, we are looking forward to working with the Eve team to bring our current operational vision as a vertical lift leader to the US and UK to help develop and promote Eve’s UATM vision.”

At the end of the line

Eve plans to begin delivering its eVTOL vehicle to customers in 2026, which is also likely when its UATM system becomes operational. It will be interesting to see how the UATM system will gradually integrate into the general air traffic management system before eventually interacting with global systems. All low-altitude aircraft – manned or automated – could soon begin operating within a single system if such integration could occur, almost like NextGen or SESAR but at the scale of UAM vehicles.

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