Asian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with David Rottblatt, vice president for business development at Eve Urban Air Mobility. In this role, Rottblatt is responsible for Eve’s commercial strategy and sales of Eve’s eVTOL, Urban Air Traffic Management and Services & Support product lines.
Prior to the spin-out of Eve in 2020, Rottblatt joined EmbraerX in 2017 where Eve’s projects were originally conceived. Rottblatt is a commercial fixed-wing pilot, helicopter pilot, and sUAS (Drone) pilot with over 18 years of flying experience. Rottblatt has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, and a Master of International Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Embraer announced in December that its Eve urban air mobility (UAM) unit will list on the New York Stock Exchange via a special purpose acquisition company agreement with Zanite Acquisition Corp. When the deal is closed, Zanite will change its name to Eve Holding, Inc. and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Embraer, through its subsidiary Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc., will remain a majority stockholder with an approximately 82 percent equity stake in Eve Holding following the closing.
In connection with the transaction, Embraer has contributed its UAM-related assets, employees and IP to Eve. In addition, Embraer has granted Eve a royalty-free license to Embraer’s background IP to be used within the UAM market. Eve has access to thousands of skilled Embraer employees on a flexible, first priority basis and use of Embraer’s global infrastructure on preferred terms, pursuant to the terms of certain services agreements between Embraer and Eve. The strategic alignment with Embraer provides Eve with significant cost and execution advantages relative to other UAM participants.
“We believe that the urban air mobility market has enormous potential to expand in the coming years based on an efficient, zero-emissions transport proposition, and that with this business combination, Eve is very well positioned to become one of the major players in this segment,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, president and CEO of Embraer. “As a global aerospace company, with leadership position in multiple segments, we understand that innovation and technology play a strategic role in driving sustainable growth and redefining the future of aviation.”