MIAMI – CAE and Jaunt signed a cooperation agreement for the former to develop an aerospace simulator for the development of Jaunt Air Mobility’s eVTOL, the Journey aircraft.
CAE, formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics, will also focus on developing the Jaunt Aircraft Systems Integration Lab (JASIL) to facilitate the validation of systems and the aircraft itself. The Jaunt company hopes to complete type certification under FAA Part 29 regulations by the end of 2026.
The Novel JASIL
CAE will locate the JASIL plant in Canada, perhaps at CAE’s headquarters in Montreal. Following the establishment of a corporate framework that is called Jaunt Air Mobility Canada, Jaunt confirmed last week that it would base its design and manufacturing facilities in the Montreal region.
The JASIL, according to the partners, would speed up flight deck design and system progress, making it easier for flight testing. “The JASIL program is designed to de-risk the aircraft program’s schedule and manage development costs by identifying integration issues and proving failure modes early in the program,” they said in a press release.
Jaunt plans to begin flight testing a full-scale version of the Journey in 2023 when type certification work will begin. In addition, the company plans to further develop the model for military service, commercial flights, and emergency medical assistance. The Jaunt estimates that the eVTOL will enter service in early 2027.
Jaunt hopes to finalize a deal with a partner for eVTOL pilot training within the next few months. CAE is one of the two major flight training companies in the aviation industry.
All the while, Crane Aerospace & Electronics has decided to assist Jaunt’s current partner BAE Systems. The partnership is in developing the power management system for the eVTOL aircraft program. Crane would concentrate on high-voltage power transfer, delivery, and control integration.
Jaunt’s CEO told the Vertical Flight Society Forum 77 that its prototype demonstrator has logged over 300 flight test hours. The technology is the company’s proprietary which is around a slow rotor system. Besides, It has proven the main rotor’s reverse flow efficiency.
The Journey can fly over ranges up to 100 miles and a top speed of 175 miles per hour. In addition to the pilot, it will hold four passengers. Jaunt predicted that the journey’s disturbance level during the cruise is 55 decibels. However, this level will increase to 69 decibels during takeoffs and landings. Although the initial airplane will be all-electric, Jaunt is investigating a hybrid-electric option to increase range. On this method, it collaborates with VerdeGo Aero.
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