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Eve Air Mobility unveils Vector, its Urban Air Traffic Management software solution

written by Newsdesk | March 20, 2024

Eve Air Mobility unveils Vector, its Urban Air Traffic Management software solution

Eve Air Mobility, a leading developer of Urban Air Traffic Management (Urban ATM) solutions for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations, has unveiled the name of its software, Vector, at the Airspace World in Geneva.

Vector is an agnostic software solution designed to address the unique air traffic and network management challenges of current and future AAM operations, focusing on fleet and vertiport operators, as well as future service providers for AAM, including Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs).

“Electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft flights will become an established transportation mode for communities worldwide. Eve expects first deliveries and entry into service as soon as 2026 and has been addressing the airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM) challenges to support the introduction and growth of the market in a harmonized and safe way,” said Johann Bordais, Eve’s CEO.

Vector aims to streamline AAM operations from day one, coordinating all stakeholders involved to enhance safety, optimize performance, and maximize resource usage. To date, Eve has 14 customers for the solution, including fleet operators, vertiports, and airspace and flow management providers.

In November 2023, Eve partnered with Flexjet to conduct a simulation to validate and refine Vector’s capabilities under real-scenario conditions and better understand the software’s commercial viability and applications. The simulation, which took place in the UK, involved 18 flights across eight aerodromes, exercising 26 different routes with alternative landing locations to test the standby flight plan functionality.

The Eve-Flexjet simulation identified gaps between current ATM systems and those required to support UAM operations from day one, such as the lack of integration between fleet and vertiport operator systems to coordinate eVTOL flights safely and efficiently.

“Flight dispatchers are responsible for nearly all aspects of an operation, which requires extensive decision-making and tracking abilities. Urban ATM services can support these activities in preparation for AAM operations through increased levels of automation and an integrated view of the relevant information tied to a specific flight,” added Brenden Hedblom, Eve’s head of traffic management solutions.

As Vector matures, Eve continues to pursue additional opportunities to trial the solution with its customers and partners. The company expects this year to advance towards an operational version of the software which customers can test and trial to help advance the market and prepare the UAM ecosystem for initial operations.

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