Avports and Jaunt Air Mobility recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate the integration of electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) into the aviation ecosystem. Avports has joined the Jaunt Access Skyways infrastructure alliance, which was created to address some of the critical urban air mobility (UAM) challenges that may arise over the next decade. The new partnership will expand Avports ’efforts to introduce an environmentally friendly option for commuting and accelerate progress towards carbon neutrality.
The Access Skyways Alliance was launched just about a year and a half ago. Jaunt CEO Simon Brichen explained in an interview with Aircraft which Jaunt and its partners hope to achieve through Access Skyways. “As an OEM from eVTOL, we quickly realized that talking to potential customers in some areas really needed the experience of other organizations.” They particularly saw the need for expertise related to UAM infrastructure. In order for eVTOL aircraft to start successful commercial operations and integrate into the existing ecosystem, operators must be able to charge vehicles frequently and efficiently.
Jaunt turned to organizations with experience in infrastructure, including BAE Systems, Price Systems and PS&S, which had experience designing vertiports, as well as partnering with Uber Elevate. They started talking to Avports because of the company’s experience in operating existing airports. “These organizations come together and bring the experience and knowledge we need to help our customers – existing aviation operators, Part 135 operators or future eVTOL operators – solve some of these problems,” Brissane commented.
Arthur Garcia, chief operating officer of Avports, also shared some views on their contribution to the Access Skyways alliance. Over the past five years, he said, it was clear that eVTOL flights are a key part of the developing industry of advanced air mobility (AAM), and coordination and understanding will be an integral part of successful implementation in the coming years.
He noted that eVTOL aircraft developed very quickly to meet the demand for sustainable flight. “We have new opportunities for ground infrastructure, such as heliports. This is what we are doing together with the Jaunt team: we are working to facilitate this integration into airports, ”Garcia said. He also highlighted Avports ’experience in specific aspects of land infrastructure such as permits, public recognition and community engagement.
Simon Brichen of Jaunt noted that the company has a very realistic approach to planning and implementing initial operations. “We do not intend to need new landing gear infrastructure on the first day of the operation,” he said. There is a lot of existing infrastructure, including more than 5,000 airports in the US used for general aviation. In the short term, Brissen explained, more than 90% of the key elements Jaunt will need to get started already exist – mostly airports and helipads near major cities – based on their analysis and simulation of passenger demand. “Our plane will fly in today’s airspace according to today’s rules,” he commented.
Aircraft eVTOL Jauntin the photo above, takes off and lands like a helicopter, and goes on to fly forward like a traditional plane.
When considering the direct cost of operating an aircraft, Brisen said, Jaunt is able to significantly reduce two components: the cost of the fuel itself and maintenance. Because eVTOL aircraft have fewer moving parts and less complex systems, “we can shift this savings in direct operating costs to ticket prices,” he explained. In addition, as operations increase, costs for customers will decrease. Jaunt’s priorities include sustainable electricity generation as well as offering an affordable mode of transportation.
One of Avports’ priorities in recent years has also been sustainability. Arthur Garcia stressed the importance of having the right strategy as they eventually replace existing aircraft with low-emission or zero-emission alternatives. Part of this strategy will include providing energy that is clean and renewable. This could include installing photovoltaic solar panels at airports, Garcia said, or “creating additional [methods for] providing thermal energy – using geothermal strategies, including vehicles and tools running on hydrogen and fuel cells, to provide such a zero-emission framework for general operations. ”
Another important factor for electric aircraft is the extra resistance from an external power supply to recharge the batteries. You will need a reliable power source, which will ideally be produced as sustainably and efficiently as possible. Electricity continuity will also be important for electric aircraft to ensure that operations and services are not interrupted due to old existing infrastructure or extreme weather.
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