Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM) has named Toronto and the Ontario region as its second launch market, after Vancouver, and revealed more details about its projects in 2021 during a Vertical Flight Society presentation.
JR Hammond, CAAM’s Executive Director, revealed the exciting news on December 14th, which also outlined its future goals in Canada as part of a 20-year vision: Zero emissions from advanced air mobility operations, 40 billion revenue passenger kilometres per year and 40 million freight tonne kilometres per year.
Commenting on the Toronto announcement, he said: “We know the success that we have been able to showcase in Vancouver and British Columbia are a starting point for our conversations, but our true success will be shown if we can take this framework and quickly replicate it across the nation of Canada, to ensure it is effective and implementable across different jurisdictions.
“Over the past three months, we have been bringing together roundtables of the provincial government, local city officials, airports, academia and investors within the Toronto region – showcasing and starting to brainstorm what Advanced Air Mobility is and how it can play out in the area, understanding the connection to Lake Ontario, the northeast corridor of the United States and the golden triangle of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.”
Hammond also used the presentation to update viewers about how CAAM is building out its strategic projects for 2021, and reaching out to organisations, governments and investors to lean in and understand the four key aspects that CAAM is committing to for Advanced Air Mobility in the next year.
This include bringing a national AAM strategy and roadmap for efficient and similar understanding of how advanced air mobility is going to be rolling out.
“This is what we call the national song sheet, so that we can all look and understand how individual city or regional operations play into a national strategy,” Hammond said.
“This is only going to be in conjunction with not only the national research council, Transport Canada and Nav Canada, but leaning into what insights that we can have, having a nimble and alignable market here in Canada, and bringing the necessary decision makers from a federal basis together to create this national AAM strategy and roadmap.”
The second project CAAM will be focusing on is moving Vancouver to the operational stage for Advanced Air Mobility operations with its cancer isotope use case.
The feasibility study focused on the environmental, economical and social impact of transporting cancer isotopes from Vancouver General Hospital to the Royal Jubilee Hospital in British Columbia’s capital, Victoria.
It is comparing information between transporting these isotopes via traditional ground transportation, helicopter, and an eVTOL platform – with a focus on time-savings for the rapidly decaying material and emissions-saving from using an eVTOL aircraft.
Hammond said: “We understand there will be a phased approach for building towards the actual eVTOL operations for the cancer isotope, but building the foundation on a digital twin aspect, testing out initial operations within the dense airspace of Vancouver, and then expanding into the revenue-generating operations in conjunction with our partnership with Helijet. This will be a key aspect for the Vancouver isotope operation in 2021.”
The third aspect is to understand the huge opportunity in bringing together the next generation of manufacturing for eVTOL aircraft in the Canadian context and the synergies between existing automotive sector in southwest Ontario; how it can work together with aerospace and the efficient, modular, digital manufacturing side.
And building upon the framework CAAM has created in Vancouver, the final aspect for CAAM in 2021 will be the opportunity in the Toronto area to lean into the Advanced Air Mobility feasibility study, showcasing a white paper of the 20-year roadmap of how the market can play out in the city, and identify the use cases that are essential for the next steps.
Concluding the presentation, Hammond also announced CAAM’s new global partnership with the World Economic Forum – which will see Vancouver become the one of the inaugural cities for the upcoming World Economic Forum Advanced Air Mobility coalition. More details about this work is set to be revealed in early 2021.
“This is an opportunity to bring Canada’s voice and where we see that economic, environmental and social aspect of Advanced Air Mobility play out in conjunction with the platform that the World Economic Forum has created,” Hammond added.
“We want to ensure that this is an inclusive conversation and an invitation to the industry to continue to lead in with the work that we envision. We’ve showcased in Canada with a starting market of Vancouver, how we envision advanced air mobility playing out and bringing it to a reality within the Canadian context.
“Our goals are not to be taken lightly. They are audacious, challenging and will require the collaboration nationwide and internationally across industries previously having never worked together. This is our opportunity and what we’re committed to going forward.”
You can watch the full presentation, by clicking here. For more information about CAAM’s work and roadmap, visit www.canadianaam.com