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Uber, GE Partnership

Uber chose GE Aviation as its flight data monitoring program provider for its planned fleet of air taxis.

Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) is the process of analyzing and reviewing routinely recorded flight information.  For more than 20 years, airlines and operators have used FDM to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards in flight operations.  FDM has been praised for reducing incident and accident rates at airlines and aircraft operators where it has been adopted.

Initially, Uber will have GE Aviation’s engineers develop the requirements for the flight data monitoring program.

Andrew Coleman, general manager of GE Aviation’s Digital Group, said, “This partnership will help expand our digital innovation as the travel industry continues to evolve.  We’re able to bring our experience in digital across the travel ecosystem by helping travelers reach their destination safely and efficiently.”

Uber Elevate is part of the Uber taxi service company, which is focused on developing an air taxi service called “Uber Air.”  The company plans to launch the service using eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft in Dallas and Los Angeles starting in 2023.

GE Aviation’s FDM service is used by hundreds of operators worldwide and uses analytics software to combine meteorological information, navigation data, and terrain mapping to identify safety events on flights.