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Eve puts eVTOL criteria into public domain
The public has until mid February to comment on Eve's proposed airworthiness criteria. Meanwhile the developer discussed aircraft, ops, ecosystem readiness, services and solutions at a Customer Advisory Board.
ANAC has unveiled Eve's proposed airworthiness criteria, a noteworthy milestone in the certification process.

Eve Air Mobility has released its proposed airworthiness criteria for public consultation until mid-February 2024. After this period, the Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil of Brazil (ANAC), the primary certification authority for Eve's eVTOL project, will analyse the feedback received, potentially incorporating changes into the criteria and subsequently unveiling the final certification basis. At this time, Eve and ANAC will focus on the means of compliance to be considered for the eVTOL certification.

"The publication of the proposed airworthiness criteria is an important milestone towards the certification path of Eve´s eVTOL, and the opening for public comments contributes to the alignment of the certification basis within the industry and among different certification authorities. This is in line with Eve´s path of having the vehicle type certificate issued by ANAC as the primary certification authority, and validated by other authorities around the world where the eVTOL will be operated," says CTO Luiz Valentini.

Eve formalised the process for obtaining a type certificate for its eVTOL with ANAC in February 2022. The eVTOL certification process aligns with procedures for obtaining a 'special class category' aircraft type certificate, adhering to airworthiness requirements outlined in the existing Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulations and other stipulated criteria.

In a significant step towards global recognition, Eve also formalised the type certificate validation with the FAA earlier this year and is actively working towards achieving concurrent validation.

Eve recently held a Customer Advisory Board meeting at its headquarters in Melbourne, Florida. Customers and partners from 12 companies across nearly every continent came together to discuss the aircraft, operations, ecosystem readiness and services and solutions. The CAB includes a wide variety of fixed wing and rotorcraft operators and lessors, all with the objective of co-creating the urban air mobility ecosystem.

"Together with our customers, our goal is to lead the evolution of mobility and help accelerate the world's transition to sustainable air travel while giving the public access to the sky like never before," says CEO Johann Bordais. "Eve has taken a comprehensive approach by developing an eVTOL, a full suite of services, operations solutions and game-changing Urban ATM software as we work with customers and partners to prepare the ecosystem for entry into service."

"We have, and continue to take, a customer-centric approach on the development of our eVTOL aircraft and services and operations solutions," adds head of user experience and market intelligence Flavia Ciaccia. "We are evolving the programme, and customer input is critical as we move forward to deliver the right solution based on the current scenario. We believe that bringing a wide variety of customers together to share ideas, information and best practices helps the entire ecosystem to be prepared to entry into service."

Discussions included optional items and vehicle configuration and passenger cabin experience. In addition, attendees also received a programme and product update from Eve's leadership.

Eve also took the opportunity to highlight its worldwide sales and support network, which includes a broad customer support infrastructure. Eve's customers will also benefit from Embraer's global service and support network which includes 10 existing services centres and 66 third-party service centres around the world.

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