Jaunt Air Mobility plans to open design and manufacturing operations in Canada, appointing Eric Côté as President to lead the company’s operations in the country.

The announcement is the first step in expanding Jaunt’s global reach, with Côté to assist with engaging strategic investment partners and planning Jaunt’s Canadian operations. The company is currently developing its eVTOL aircraft, called the Jaunt Journey, which has a planned roadmap to achieve full certification by 2026. It has a range of 80 miles, travelling at speeds of up to 175mph.

Côté brings CEO experience from his time at Soucy Group, which is an engineering and manufacturing firm in the defense, power, sports, industrial and agricultural sectors.

Before Soucy Group, Côté spent 15 years with Bombardier Aerospace in senior-level positions and was involved in setting up new manufacturing and assembly organizations in different countries. 

Commenting on his new role, he said: “Jaunt Air Mobility is developing a new generation of aircraft that will meet the growing demand for faster urban and regional travel.

“The Jaunt Journey will meet the highest safety standards and eliminate Green House Gases (GHG) emissions. One aircraft can eliminate the equivalent of 95 cars of GHG in congested city driving conditions. The aircraft will offer a solution for urban air mobility, cargo delivery, medical transport, and humanitarian aid.”

Martin Peryea, CEO of Jaunt Air Mobility, adds: “Canada and Québec 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. Canada is a global leader in developing and promoting clean technology and this is aligned with our core values.

“Eric brings significant experience in managing organisations and growing organisations to meet customer needs worldwide and Jaunt’s Canadian operations will create many new jobs in manufacturing and engineering and introduce a new, sustainable, aviation ecosystem. We are committed to a sustainable environment with our green and innovative aircraft.”

Canada continues to make great progress in bringing advanced air mobility to the country’s cities. One of the organisations helping to accelerate progress is the Canadian Air Mobility Consortium, which aims to build an ecosystem of national collaboration which is profitable, sustainable and equitable.

It revealed four major projects this year, which included naming Toronto and the Ontario region as the second launch market after Vancouver, and now has 50 member companies spanning industry, government, capital and academia.

The Canadian Air Mobility Consoritum (CAAM) has praised this latest move by Jaunt. When sharing the news on LinkedIn, it said: “As an integral member of the CAAM ecosystem, the leadership behind Eric Côté & Martin Peryea are catalysing the future of Advanced Air Mobility in Canada.

“This expansion is the sign that Canada will continue to benefit from attracting global investment enroute to our vision of connecting Canada and the world through the future of flight.”

Additionally, Horizon Aircraft is continuing to work on its Cavorite X5, which has a patented fan-in-wing design and will be able to travel 500km at speeds of 450km/h. The company’s co-founder and CEO Brandon Robinson spoke to eVTOL Insights about the company’s vision as part of an in-depth interview.