MIAMI – Jaunt Air Mobility, a US-based eVTOL developer, has the plan to open design and production facilities in Canada. The company has also designated Eric Côté as president of Jaunt Air Mobility Canada.
According to Jaunt CEO Martin Peryea, Canada and its province of Quebec “offer a wide range of opportunities stemming from a long history in the aerospace industry, including an experienced workforce and global suppliers. Canada’s aerospace industry is known for export, and we intend to capitalize on that reach.”
According to eVTOL.com, Jaunt is looking at specific areas for its Canadian activities, with an emphasis on potential investment alliances. Therefore, Dallas, Texas, will continue to be the company’s headquarters, just like Bell. Bell company has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, and industrial manufacturing lines in Mirabel, Quebec.
A Move Similar to Bell
Peryea stated that the move to launch design and production centers in Canada “aligns with our certification course and commercialization strategy.” However, he did not specify if Jaunt intends to seek initial type certification of its Jaunt Journey eVTOL with Transport Canada or the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States (FAA).
Bell, for instance, has validated new helicopter models such as the Bell 505 first with Transport Canada and then with the FAA. According to Jaunt’s website, the company hopes to eventually obtain a type certificate from Transport Canada, the FAA, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Comments from Côté
Côté most previously worked as president and chief executive officer of the Soucy Group, a global innovation, and manufacturing company. The company is active in the military, power sports, industrial, and agriculture. Prior to joining Soucy, he worked for Bombardier Aerospace for 15 years in senior roles.
There, he was active in the establishment of new production and assembly development in different countries. According to the press release, Côté’s initial responsibilities will include assisting with the identification of strategic funding partners and the preparation of Jaunt’s Canadian activities.
“We are pleased to have Eric join our senior leadership,” Peryea stated. “Eric brings significant experience in managing organizations and growing organizations to meet customer needs worldwide and Jaunt’s Canadian operations will create many new jobs in manufacturing and engineering and will introduce a new, sustainable aviation ecosystem.”
In the event of a complete power failure, the all-electric Jaunt Journey has a new capability. This feature is a “Reduced Rotor Operating Speed Aircraft,” capable of auto-rotating to the field like a helicopter. The aircraft will have a range of 80 miles (130 kilometers), a cruising speed of 175 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour), and a weight of 980 pounds (445 kilograms).
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