Jaunt Air Mobility is one of the six eVTOL Network partner for Uber Elevate. The Jaunt Journey eVTOL, designed to meet Uber's noise and performance requirements, was originally designed by Carter Aviation, which was recently acquired by Jaunt Air Mobility. The Jaunt eVTOL utilizes Carter Aviation's slowed-rotor compound (SR/C) technology to provide lift from the vertical rotor even in horizontal flight, and to decrease noise while increasing efficiency and safety. The Jaunt eVTOL is unique among the Uber Elevate partners in that it features only a single lift rotor.
Jaunt Air Mobility
Stage of Development
Aircraft Type: Winged VTOL, Intercity
Powerplant: hybrid electric, details undisclosed
Top Speed: 184 ktas
Propeller Configuration: 4 pitch controllable rotors, one main lifting rotor
Passenger/Payload Capacity: 5, including one pilot
Autonomy Level: Semi-Autonomous, Autonomous in future
Gross Weight: 5500lbs
Empty Weight (w/o batteries): 3080 lbs
Battery Weight (300Wh/Kg): 1320lbs
Useful Load: 1100lbs
Our Take on Jaunt Air Mobility
Carter Aviation, the original designer of the Jaunt Air Mobility eVTOL, has had plenty of experience is designing, flight testing, and certifying aircraft for flight. While the design was the company's first eVTOL, it has been designing and prototyping gyrocopters (a cross between airplanes and helicopters) since as early as 1994. The Jaunt Journey is unique in that it features a single lift rotor, this approach to meeting noise and performance requirements may give it an edge over other designs, especially in the path to certification, as the aircraft is classified as a Gyrodyne (rotorcraft). This classification allows the application of already existing regulatory structure and requirements to the aircraft, whereby other concepts are reliant on the completion of established eVTOL certification standards.