Halo Aviation has agreed to be the first launch customer for Eve's urban air traffic management (UATM) software. The two companies signed a letter of intent this week at the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow to collaborate on the product’s development and introduction.
This letter of intent represents the first such deal for Eve Urban Air Mobility. The company is developing UATM services with the backing of its parent company, Embraer, the Brazil-based aerospace manufacturer. Embraer already has experience with air traffic management (ATM) solutions through its subsidiary Atech, which specializes in civil and military ATM systems.
Halo is a new private urban air mobility company owned by the business aviation group OneSky Flight. It is a collaboration between the British helicopter operator Halo Aviation and U.S.-based Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), both of which were acquired by OneSky Flight in 2021. Last year, Halo also agreed to buy 200 of Embraer’s Eve eVTOL aircraft, with the first deliveries expected in 2026.
Under the new agreement, Halo will utilize Eve’s UATM software for helicopter and eVTOL flights in the UK and in the U.S. Before the company receives its first Eve eVTOL deliveries, it will provide flights with Halo Aviation’s fleet of Leonardo AW109 and AW169 helicopters, and AAG’s Sikorsky fleet.
Eve’s UATM software will not focus specifically on its own eVTOL operations, as its fleet will need to share airspace with other eVTOLs, helicopters, and airplanes. Rather, the company aims to offer a scalable solution that can integrate with the urban air mobility ecosystem as a whole, including other fleet and vertiport operators.
“Eve's agnostic portfolio of solutions addresses the complexity of UAM networks, which require holistic and integrated services across the ecosystem that connect stakeholders to maintain and improve safety, optimize performance, and reduce operating costs,” said Andre Stein, co-CEO of Eve.
Halo and Eve have not disclosed the value of their deal.