Martin Peryea, CEO
With significant growth in the urban population, traffic congestion would be a massive issue in the coming years. As more and more population move toward urban areas, cities will need to innovate ways to commute, and urban air mobility holds immense promise in this regard. With low emissions and low noise, the electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles or eVTOL is the clear gold standard to tackle land congestion.
With rich experience in developing technology for aerospace, Jaunt Air Mobility is pioneering the design and build of piloted and autonomous aircraft for urban and regional mobility. The company promises a new ecosystem of urban air mobility with their patented designs of developing the quietest aircraft configuration of all eVTOL aircraft.
Since its inception in 2019, Jaunt Air Mobility began to design a radically different type of “compound aircrafts” by leveraging Reduced rotor Operating Speed Aircraft (ROSA™) technology offering a different concept and approach to the urban air mobility sector. The technology combines an airplane’s efficiency with the vertical take-off and landing of a helicopter with higher performance. Aircraft designed with ROSA technology can slow the rotor down and fly from wings, resulting in the quietest, safest, and most efficient hovering aircraft.
“By being much quieter and convenient to meet stringent noise requirements needed for urban missions, ROSA technology is changing the way we fly,” continues Martin Peryea.
Jaunt Air Mobility has also patented the ability to tilt the mast of the aircraft itself that allows maintaining a level fuselage attitude, regardless of where passengers and baggage are sitting in the vehicle. The single large rotor system sits on the top of the aircraft and operates at a low disc loading. Also, there is a mechanism to store up a lot of rotational energy, which can be used during a power failure to safely land the aircraft at any altitude and speed. Such a feature eliminates the traditional height and velocity restrictions associated with conventional rotorcraft making the Jaunt Journey extremely safe from an operational perspective, especially while operating around urban areas.
“We are confident in our ability to build the quietest aircraft configuration of all the eVTOL aircraft that are currently in development today. It is a design attribute capitalizing on the slowed rotor compound technologies that have been developed and matured over the years,” describes Peryea. “A big issue or pain-points, as you put it from the perspective of the operator, is the affordability of operating these aircraft. Conventional rotorcraft are extremely expensive to operate. The aircraft we are currently developing is probably one of the lowest operating costs of all the eVTOL configurations.”
To continue upping the game in urban mobility, the company targets existing Part135 aircraft operators and new operators who want to develop urban air mobility systems, the new moniker. In fact, from the pilot’s perspective, the existing operational procedures set as part of their Part 135 aircraft have been carried over to Jaunt Air Mobility’s particular aircraft design. The current piloting staffing and maintenance staff would already be familiar with the company’s aircraft from an operations perspective.
The company has also laid out a new program related to the development of all-electric aircraft. “We have teamed up with a major tier-one aerospace supplier that has developed and been through the certification efforts on various aircraft programs. This business model greatly reduces our risk to the program from a technical engineering perspective and risks in our eyes of the investment community,” mentions Peryea. In 2023, Jaunt Air Mobility will enter the certification program, using existing airworthiness rules under Part 29, unlike its competitors. Jaunt will have four aircraft taking on different aspects of the certification testing, focused on maturing and enhancing aircraft technologies.