Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty has award­ed a $100 mil­lion+ elec­tric air mobil­i­ty pro­gramme to L&T Tech­nol­o­gy Ser­vices (LTTS) to set up an Engi­neer­ing R&D Cen­tre encom­pass­ing struc­tur­al design, pow­er elec­tron­ics, flight con­trol sys­tems and man­u­fac­tur­ing engi­neer­ing.

As part of the con­tract, LTTS, a glob­al lead­ing pure-play engi­neer­ing ser­vices com­pa­ny, will open an Engi­neer­ing and R&D Cen­tre in Canada’s Québec Province for the next-gen­er­a­tion elec­tric air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er to pro­vide engi­neer­ing ser­vices for the Jaunt Jour­ney eVTOL air taxi.

Amit Chad­ha, Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer & Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, L&T Tech­nol­o­gy Ser­vices, com­ment­ed, “This deal is a mile­stone for team LTTS in view of the tremen­dous oppor­tu­ni­ties open­ing up in UAM and drone ser­vices which are emerg­ing as alter­na­tives to the increas­ing­ly con­gest­ed on-ground mobil­i­ty in cities.

“LTTS has a track record of devel­op­ing high-per­for­mance engi­neer­ing solu­tions for glob­al Aero­space and Defense for over a decade and has sup­port­ed crit­i­cal defense pro­grams in the past. We believe this pro­gram will set the bench­mark for future UAM projects and our team is excit­ed to build on this impor­tant engage­ment with Jaunt, with the even­tu­al aim to make urban com­mut­ing safer, green­er, effi­cient and reli­able”.

Under the purview of Jaun­t’s Urban Air Mobil­i­ty busi­ness focus, LTTS will offer glob­al engi­neer­ing ser­vices to sup­port and build the Jaunt Jour­ney. 

Col­lec­tive­ly these will encom­pass tech­nol­o­gy areas such as pow­er dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem, air data man­age­ment, cock­pit dis­play sys­tem, flight con­trol sys­tem, bat­tery man­age­ment, elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, pow­er elec­tron­ics, struc­tur­al design, stress analy­sis, test­ing, cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, and man­u­fac­tur­ing engi­neer­ing. 

Eric Côté, Pres­i­dent, Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty Cana­da, said: “The pro­posed Green Aero­space strat­e­gy cre­at­ed by fed­er­al and provin­cial gov­ern­ments makes it a per­fect match for LTTS and Jaunt to offer end-to-end engi­neer­ing sup­port in struc­tur­al design analy­sis and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to devel­op the Jaunt Jour­ney all-elec­tric VTOL air­craft. LTTS has a his­to­ry of work­ing in Cana­da and can appre­ci­ate the poten­tial behind this favourable envi­ron­ment.”

Ear­li­er this month, Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty announced that Calin Rovi­nes­cu, Air Canada’s recent­ly retired Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer, and Mitch Gar­ber, a glob­al tech­nol­o­gy and growth cap­i­tal investor, added their names as investors and advi­sors

Back in Feb­ru­ary, Avports signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing with Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty to join its Access Sky­ways infra­struc­ture alliance and sup­port the inte­gra­tion of eVTOL air­craft with air­ports and the avi­a­tion ecosys­tem.

This part­ner­ship builds on Avports’ ongo­ing efforts to tran­si­tion to a car­bon-neu­tral oper­at­ing envi­ron­ment. It is described as the most expe­ri­enced Amer­i­can-owned and based air­port man­ag­er and oper­a­tor, with more than 650 employ­ees and a 94-year track record.

Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty is devel­op­ing an eVTOL air­craft that uses Slow-Rotor Com­pound tech­nol­o­gy, which fus­es flight capa­bil­i­ties of a heli­copter and a fixed-wing air­plane, say­ing it enables safe, fast urban air com­mut­ing with a range of between 80 and 100 miles, car­ry­ing a pilot and four pas­sen­gers. In March, the com­pa­ny became a whol­ly owned sub­sidiary of AIRO Group Hold­ings, Inc. (The AIRO Group). 

At the start of the year, Jaunt Air Mobil­i­ty signed a Let­ter of Intent with on-demand avi­a­tion com­pa­ny, Flap­per, to pro­vide up to 25 of its Jaunt Jour­ney eVTOL air­craft for use in Latin Amer­i­can mar­kets to help ush­er in a new era of trans­porta­tion in the region, in cities such as Bogo­ta, Mex­i­co City, São Paulo, San­ti­a­go and Rio de Janeiro.

Mar­tin Peryea, CEO & CTO, Jaunt, added: “At Jaunt, our vision is to ush­er in a range of new-age air­craft-dri­ven urban com­mut­ing that is fast, safe, and con­ve­nient. This new clean, sus­tain­able air­craft will reduce car­bon emis­sions world­wide. Strate­gi­cal­ly, we are con­tin­u­ing to grow our Tier 1 part­ner­ships and recog­nise LTTS as a best-fit engi­neer­ing part­ner, and togeth­er we are con­fi­dent of push­ing the mass-scale com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion.”