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Eve and Helisul partner to develop UAM products in Brazil


June 22, 2021
Naomi Szeben

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Eve Urban Air Mobility and Helisul Aviation have partnered to develop UAM products and services in Brazil including an order of up to 50 eVTOLs.

The deliveries expected to start in 2026. The partnership aims to build solutions for eco-friendly urban mobility in growing cities, and reduce air pollution, according to Luis Carlos Munhoz da Rocha, Commercial Director of Helisul Aviation.

“Disruptive Urban Air Mobility solutions can bring same type of benefits that aviation already brought to longer trips literally closer to people, giving urban commuters more options to move around the city. Our partnership with Helisul Aviation allows us to disrupt Brazil’s already large air taxi infrastructure and it is well-positioned for the future of flight transportation. Our team will provide comprehensive services, including urban air traffic management solutions, while benefiting from Helisul’s unique market position,” said Andre Stein, President & CEO of Eve Urban Air Mobility in a statement.

Helisul and Eve plan to begin their partnership working together in a proof of concept (POC) operation, using helicopters in order to validate parameters that will apply to the future eVTOL operations. This partnership aims to develop new services and procedures that, together with communities and other industry stakeholders, can create a safe and scalable operating environment for eVTOL operations to expand, focusing on critical aspects to design for all users, including how to maximize accessibility and inclusiveness in vertiports and eVTOL boarding operations.

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Backed by Embraer’s 50-plus year history of aircraft manufacturing and certification expertise, Eve unveils a unique value proposition by positioning itself as an ecosystem partner. Eve’s eVTOL plans include the first flight of the engineering simulator in July 2020 and proof of concept in October 2020. In addition to the aircraft program, Eve is harnessing the expertise of both Embraer and Atech, a subsidiary of the Embraer Group, in providing globally recognized air traffic management software to create the solutions that will help safely scale the UAM industry going forward.