Embraer’s electric air taxi firm Eve has formalized the process for securing certification for its electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with the Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC).
This is Eve’s first step towards obtaining the eVTOL type certification in Brazil.
“From the regulation perspective, there is much work to be done concerning aircraft technology and the definition of the entire ecosystem. Brazil has the conditions and engagement to deal with this challenge,” ANAC’s Airworthiness Superintendent Roberto Honorato announced in a press statement.
As part of the agreement with Brazil’s aviation authority, Eve will demonstrate that its eVTOL aircraft follows international technical standards and mandatory airworthiness requirements.
The eVTOL certification process aims to obtain a “normal category” aircraft type certificate according to the “requirements established by the Brazilian Civil Aviation Regulation no. 23”.
“The formalization of the eVTOL certification process is an important step towards the continuity of the discussions that have been held between Eve and ANAC for the vehicle certification for urban mobility,” Eve chief technology officer Luiz Felipe R. Valentini said.
Embraer’s eVTOL will be 100% electric and have space for one pilot and four passengers as well as their luggage.
Eve made several order announcements in 2021. Lessor Azorra and carrier Republic Airways signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to order up to 200 eVTOL aircraft each, while Skywest signed a Memorandum of Understanding for 100 aircraft.
Eve and regional aircraft lessor Folk have signed a LoI for a potential order of 200 eVTOLs.