Melbourne, Australia – December 1, 2020 – EmbraerX, Embraer’s disruptive business subsidiary, and Airservices, Australia’s civil air navigation service provider, have developed a new concept of operations (CONOPS) for the air taxi market, also known as urban air mobility (UAM).
Going forward, Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions, the new EmbraerX spin-off, will be responsible for this partnership with Airservices and for the development of Urban Air Traffic Management solutions. Australia is one of the countries benefitting from this innovation revolution and is attracting industry interest and investment, largely due to strong government support and a world-leading aviation safety record.
This CONOPS was created to help safely introduce and accelerate the growth of the UAM market in Australia. “The creation of the UAM ecosystem requires innovative solutions, which is also a fundamental pillar of Embraer´s growth strategy for the coming years, and EmbraerX was built to address these needs,” said Daniel Moczydlower, President & CEO of EmbraerX. “Through this partnership, we are jointly embarking on the first steps toward Australia becoming one of the world’s first Urban Air Mobility markets.” This CONOPS explores new and practical concepts to safely facilitate the introduction of the air taxi industry. Using the City of Melbourne, Australia as a model, the CONOPS examines how existing air traffic management solutions can initially enable UAM operations while simultaneously preparing for scale of operations through new traffic management technologies. “
This exciting initiative combines Airservices’ experience as the national airspace manager with the technical innovation of Embraer,” said Peter Curran, Chief Customer Experience and Strategy Officer at Airservices. “We have the responsibility of keeping our skies safe, and we are excited to leverage our significant expertise and operational capabilities in airspace management and partner with a global aviation expert to develop innovative solutions that ensure safe and equitable access to the urban airspace for a broad spectrum of aircraft, including conventional helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft, and eVTOL aircraft.” The CONOPS leverages Airservices’ sophisticated simulation technology to demonstrate how air taxis could be integrated with existing airspace users in the highly complex Melbourne airspace.
This level of simulation provides a scientific basis to the CONOPS. David Rottblatt, Project Leader for EmbraerX’s Urban Air Traffic Management and appointed to be the future Vice President of Business Development for Eve said, “This CONOPS proposes a safe method for allowing the UAM industry in Australia to scale. Following this first critical step, we will start gathering feedback from industry stakeholders and the community to further inform how we can co-create this exciting future.”
To review the CONOPS in its entirety, visit https://embraerx.embraer.com/global/en/uatm. Additionally, you have the option to review the CONOPS and provide your feedback here: Urban Air Traffic Management Concept of Operations | Engage Airservices (airservicesaustralia.com). Link to images: https://eej.imagerelay.com/sb/41f54634-39f3-4a04-97bd-102d4b7d8b29/airservices
About Airservices Australia Airservices Australia (Airservices) is a government-owned organisation providing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally-responsible services to the aviation industry. Airservices safely manages 11 per cent of the world’s airspace where there are more than four million aircraft movements carrying over 156 million passengers annually. New airspace users such as drones (unmanned aircraft systems) and aerial taxis (urban air mobility operators) must be safely integrated into Australia’s overall air traffic management system. Airservices is developing innovative technological solutions and capability to provide new and valued airspace management services to its customers and emerging airspace users to keep Australian skies safe. For more information, visit: https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/about-us/innovation-and-technology/future-airspace-management/.
About Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions (Eve) Eve is a new, independent company dedicated to accelerating the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem. Benefitting from a startup mindset, backed by Embraer’s more than 50-year history of aerospace expertise, and with a singular focus, Eve is taking a holistic approach to progressing the UAM ecosystem, with an advanced electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL) project, a comprehensive global services and support network, and a unique air traffic management solution. Eve is the first company to graduate from EmbraerX. For more information, visit www.eveairmobility.com.
About EmbraerX EmbraerX is a market accelerator committed to developing solutions that transform life’s experiences. This Embraer S.A. disruptive innovation subsidiary is based on Florida’s Space Coast in Melbourne, integrated with the Company’s engineering team in Brazil, and dedicated to collaborating with global innovation communities. The EmbraerX team of innovators, creators, thought-leaders, and designers combines human-centered design thinking with business-building and engineering expertise to tackle some of the biggest mobility problems facing humanity today.
For more information, visit EmbraerX.com About Embraer Embraer is a global company headquartered in Brazil with businesses in commercial and executive aviation, defense & security. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets aircraft and systems, providing customer support and services. Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.