Eve is developing a full portfolio of solutions to enable the urban air mobility (UAM) market, and ultimately benefit people’s lives. These include the progression and certification of the company’s electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle (eVTOL), the associated comprehensive services and support network, and the creation of urban air traffic management solutions.
Launched in October 2020, Embraer’s Eve is designing an electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL), and developing an entire Urban Air Mobility ecosystem, including services and support and air traffic control solutions. IATA Training’s expert instructors helped everyone involved attain the same level of understanding of an air transport system, so they can build a bridge to the future.
As an independent company incubated by EmbraerX – the market acceleration and innovation arm of Embraer, the aircraft manufacturer – Eve employs many people who have a background in commercial aviation. Our team has people with different profiles – engineering, marketing, sales, program management –and they all have different, specialized knowledge, vital in building not only a new company, but a whole new industry, at the intersection of urban mobility and air transport.
When you’re creating something entirely new, it’s essential that everyone, from engineers to communications people, has the best points of reference of what is done today, both in terms of commercial activities and operations. But not just theoretically. When you want, for example, to plan a UAM network, with departures and arrivals that are much more frequent than planes, you need to have hands-on experience.
Many of us with an aviation background had already taken IATA courses, which are famous for their quality, including our own CEO. IATA Training was therefore our preferred choice to level up our understanding, and we contacted our local office here in Brazil.
Together, we identified the best courses to meet our needs. Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning in Times of Crises would teach us how to develop and optimize a route network, with the right number of aircraft, as well as how to create a profitable schedule and cope with market fluctuations. Safety and Risk Management for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) would give us understanding of the regulatory and safety management framework under which our aircraft would be working, since they will occupy the same airspace and we envisage they will eventually be autonomous. Additionally, Airline Business Models and Competitive Strategies would teach us about airline management and enable us to test our strategic ideas, through a five-day simulation. We had also requested that the courses be customized for our context of urban air mobility (UAM).
We prioritized the Network, Fleet and Schedule Planning course. Our instructor was very good and very knowledgeable of commercial aviation. He made the sessions very interactive, including everyone and getting us to think about things and answer questions, even with the virtual nature of the classes and the limitations of online learning. All my colleagues agreed the training was great quality.
The IATA Training instructor was clearly an expert in the commercial aviation sector, and we can learn a lot from commercial aviation as we create the UAM ecosystem. Of course, the class was more focused on traditional airlines, as we are the ones defining our nascent industry of UAM, but we got everything else we wanted. Since the training courses, we have had the opportunity to apply what we’ve learned, and personally, I have felt confident in the network planning based on what I was taught. The competence we gained from the IATA training courses will be very useful for building and operating our business; it will also help make UAM better for all stakeholders. By understanding how the complete passenger air transport system works, we can plan for something relatively similar.
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