This article first appeared in the Future Transport-News magazine, Issue 1 2023.
Jaunt Air Mobility Brings a Different Perspective
Entering into advanced air mobility (AAM), the design of the Jaunt Journey brings the proven SRC (slowed rotor compound) technology to market with a certification path as a rotorcraft.
“Jaunt allows me to come at rotorcraft from a new angle and deal with some of the problems associated with traditional rotorcraft,” says Martin Peryea, SVP and GM of Electric Air Mobility, Jaunt Air Mobility, an AIRO Group Company. “Today’s helicopters are well-developed designs and do one mission particularly well: vertical lift and hover. This limitation of traditional rotorcraft has been known in the industry for years. Most companies are now researching and developing compound VTOL aircraft. A compound VTOL aircraft like our Jaunt aircraft retains hover and low-speed capabilities and can take off and land vertically, then fly efficiently like a conventional airplane. We are also addressing other characteristics associated with traditional rotorcraft, such as noise and improved safety, which are critical for urban air mobility and public acceptance.”
Jaunt’s proprietary SRC technology allows the aircraft to land via autorotation or by gliding in a controlled fashion should there be an unexpected total loss of propulsion. The pilot can choose a safe landing spot and completely control the aircraft during descent. No ballistic parachute is required.
Continuing to take a slightly different path to commercialisation, Jaunt Air Mobility merged with AIRO Group Holdings, Inc. in 2022. AIRO announced its merger with a SPAC with Kernel Group Holdings (NASDAQ: KRNLU) earlier this year. The organisation is positioning itself as a new middle-market aerospace and defence sector company operating in four key divisions:
Jaunt Air Mobility has announced that Calin Rovinescu and Mitch Garber have added their names as investors and advisors of Jaunt Air Mobility.
CAE has been selected to lead design and development of the Jaunt Aircraft Systems Integration Lab for the the company’s new eVTOL aircraft.
Jaunt Air Mobility, an OEM and operator of eVTOL aircraft, will be opening design and manufacturing centers in Canada.
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