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Eve: Pre-confirmed Routes, Vertiports are a Must

Eve: Pre-confirmed Routes, Vertiports are a Must

Andre Stein, Co-CEO of Eve Air Mobility, highlighted the importance of having pre-defined flight routes and vertiport infrastructure in place before the company can begin its day-to-day operations. 

Eve, a subsidiary of Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, is currently developing an eVTOL that can carry four passengers and a pilot. The company also plans to increase the capacity to six people through the introduction of autonomous aircraft in the future. 

With grand plans in sight, Stein acknowledged that there are many hurdles to clear before the company’s electric aircraft takes to the skies. On top of that, he reiterated that pre-set destinations have to be set in stone as eVTOLs can’t take off or land anywhere. 

“We will be operating in a structured environment with pre-defined routes and vertiports. Quite close to what you see today in commercial aviation, it’s not about flying everywhere you want and landing in your own backyard,” he said.

Stein also expressed excitement about the potential to train a whole new generation of pilots, who can gain experience operating electric aircraft before potentially moving on to fly commercial airliners. 

“It could help to support the growth of commercial aviation with a pipeline of pilots that could start their careers as drone operators and in eVTOLs, but later move on to bigger aircraft, something our airline customers are very excited about,” he said. 

The operating cost per seat for Eve’s eVTOL will allegedly be six times lower than helicopters, while the noise emission will reportedly be slashed by 90%. 

Based in Sao Paulo, the aircraft manufacturer is aiming to be certificated by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by 2026. 

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