Eve Urban Air Mobility has published the first Concept of Operations (CONOPS) document for the future Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market in Rio de Janeiro.
The document brings together data and analyses that cover the perspective, points of attention and operational needs of eVTOL aircraft, the passenger journey, services and support.
The design of the CONOPS included studies on aspects that impact the UAM ecosystem, discussion groups involving the main pillars for its development, and a period of flight operations performed in November 2021 between Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood and RIOgaleão International Airport that simulated the UAM ecosystem with a helicopter.
The community was also able to participate in this simulation by purchasing affordable tickets on one of the six daily flights conducted over the 30-day simulation period. The data and information collected from this simulation will contribute to defining the characteristics and needs for the development of urban air mobility not only in Rio de Janeiro but also in other places, creating a UAM blueprint for any city.
Luiz Mauad, Vice President of Services and Fleet Operations at Eve, said: “All the partners of this working group play essential roles in the development of urban air mobility.
“Therefore, this collaborative document was designed to better understand the characteristics and challenges faced by this mode of transport. It also provides information about the UAM ecosystem that can not only be adapted but also developed with solutions to ensure a safe and sustainable expansion.”
The CONOPS was developed with eleven strategic partners and government entities. They include ANAC (Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), DECEA (Department of Airspace Control), EDP Brasil, Helisul Aviação, Skyports, Flapper, RIOgaleão, Universal Aviation, ABAG (Brazilian General Aviation Association).
Additional support has come from Embraer’s Beacon platform, that connects the ecosystem of aircraft maintenance services, and Atech, a company specialising in the control and management of both civil and military air traffic.
Eve hopes the CONOPS will encourage all those responsible for this ecosystem to evolve together so that the industry, regulatory agencies, civil and government entities, and the community can continue investing in, developing, and integrating this new mode of transportation.
The CONOPS will be available on Eve’s website for the entire community to better understand how the UAM ecosystem will enable a new means of affordable, safe and sustainable transportation.
Last month, Eve Air Mobility teamed up with Thales to develop its eVTOL aircraft in Brazil in a series of joint studies over a 12-month period from January 2022, which will focus on the technical, economical, and adaptable feasibility of a 100 per cent electrically powered aircraft.
Thales will contribute with its expertise in developing avionics, electric, flight control, navigation, communication, and connectivity systems.
Last October, Eve Urban Air Mobility and Aviation Management Services Serviços Aeronáuticos (‘Avantto’) announced a partnership aimed at developing an Urban Air Mobility ecosystem in Brazil and across Latin America, which included an order for 100 eVTOL aircraft, deliveries of which are expected to start in 2026.
The CONOPS will constantly evolve, so any suggestions or comments can be emailed to Contact@EveAirMobility.com.