Speaking from this week’s Dubai Air Show, Eve Air Mobility and the UK’s NATS Services revealed their collaborative initiative to propel the urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem forward.
This partnership aims to revolutionize traffic management services for UAM operators globally, marking a significant stride towards a faster, more efficient, and sustainable urban air transportation system.
The Memorandum of Understanding
The foundation of this collaboration is a signed memorandum of understanding (MoU), underlining the commitment of both Eve Air Mobility and NATS Services to making UAM in the United Kingdom a safe and viable reality.
The MoU signifies a strategic alliance that will drive technological advancements, laying the groundwork for the future of urban air transportation.
Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve, highlighted the historical collaboration with NATS, dating back to early 2021 as part of the UK UAM Consortium.
This consortium, in conjunction with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) Regulatory Sandbox, focused on developing a comprehensive concept of operations for London’s airspace.
The efforts included innovative air traffic management arrangements and proposed regulatory solutions.
Bordais emphasized, “Our work with NATS fortifies our newly established relationship and supports our forthcoming projects designed to transform the global urban air mobility sector.”
The UK Concept of Operations (CONOPS)
Eve’s leadership role in the UK Concept of Operations (CONOPS) is pivotal to understanding the collaborative efforts invested in transforming UAM.
Developed alongside the UK CAA and global industry leaders, including NATS, this initiative leveraged data-driven insights to address immediate challenges in London’s UAM landscape.
The UK CAA’s publication of Phase 1 results in October 2021 outlined the strengths and challenges of electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technologies, shaping the trajectory of the UAM industry’s future developments.
Future Flight Challenge
Eve and NATS have also been integral participants in the Future Flight Challenge, operating within the Advanced Mobility Ecosystem Consortium since July 2022.
This initiative, backed by UK Research and Innovation and delivered by Innovate UK, is government-funded, aiming to expedite the progress of cutting-edge technologies and aviation solutions.
Guy Adams, NATS Services MD, affirmed the ongoing collaboration with Eve, stating, “We already work closely with Eve as part of the UK Future Flight Phase 3 AMEC project, preparing UK airspace for future UAM operations.”
Towards Global UAM Integration
Looking ahead, the collaborative efforts between Eve and NATS extend beyond the UK borders.
Adams expressed the intention to explore future traffic management products and solutions on a global scale, facilitating the introduction and scaling of UAM across multiple countries in a consistent, high-performance, and safe approach.
At the heart of this collaboration is Eve’s Urban Air Traffic Management (ATM) software. This agnostic solution is designed to seamlessly integrate all airspace users in urban environments.
Its role is critical in ensuring the safety, efficiency, and overall enhancement of the entire UAM ecosystem, catering to fleet and vertiport operators alike.
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