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Jaunt Air Mobility announces new partnerships with CAE, Crane

Jaunt Air Mobility has announced new partnerships with CAE and Crane Aerospace & Electronics (A&E) to further development of its Journey eVTOL aircraft.

Jaunt Journey eVTOL
Jaunt expects to launch the certification process for the Journey eVTOL in 2023, with entry into service targeted for 2027. Jaunt Air Mobility Image

CAE will lead design and development of the Jaunt Aircraft Systems Integration Lab (JASIL), leveraging its more than seven decades of simulation experience to build an engineering simulator to accelerate cockpit design and system development. JASIL is designed to de-risk the program schedule and manage development costs as Jaunt works toward certification of its Journey aircraft by 2026.

“We are excited to partner in the development of this revolutionary new aircraft, and to add to our commitment and support of the advanced air mobility [AAM] industry,” stated Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president for Civil Aviation Training Solutions, in a press release. “As a high-technology solutions company at the leading edge of digital immersion, CAE is uniquely qualified to provide engineering and certification support solutions to help innovative companies such as Jaunt Air Mobility certify their aircraft.”

Meanwhile, Crane A&E will collaborate with BAE Systems — which announced its own partnership with Jaunt in 2019 — to provide specific expertise on the power management systems for the Journey. Crane will tap its years of experience in integrating high-voltage power conversion, distribution, and control for a series of studies to explore exact power needs to develop an optimum power electronics solution for the aircraft.

“Working with BAE Systems, we understand the value that Crane A&E offers,” stated Jaunt CEO Martin Peryea. “Power management is one of the vital transformative challenges for enabling AAM. These two organizations bring a level of aviation expertise unparalleled in the industry.”

The announcements come just a week after Jaunt revealed that it would be establishing design and manufacturing operations in Quebec, Canada, under the leadership of Eric Côté. Although CAE has a global presence, its headquarters are near Montreal, Quebec, an aerospace hub. Crane’s corporate headquarters are located in Lynnwood, Washington.

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  1. Jaunt is one of the best eVTOL projects worldwide. However, they should consider a hybrid version of the original Carter Copter for longer range travel, perhaps a hydrogen fuel cell.

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