VPorts creates electric advanced air mobility corridors between Que. and the U.S.
by CM Staff
The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft test flights are planned for 2023.
MONTREAL — VPorts, a Quebec-based manufacturer of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish international electric AAM corridors between Quebec (Canada) and the United States. The electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft test flights are planned for 2023.
The MOU was signed by a consortium of international organizations, including VPorts, Aéro Montréal, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), Innovitech, the Unmanned Aerial System Centre of Excellence (Alma) and Helijet International.
“Advanced Air Mobility is moving very fast. These Quebec-U.S. international corridors will contribute to the development, integration, and social acceptability of Advanced Air Mobility. This initiative is in keeping with our ambition and vision to build and operate 1,500 vertiports around the world by 2045,” said Dr. Fethi Chebil, President and Founder of VPorts.
The aim of the corridors is to build an AAM ecosystem that will provide a platform for full commercial cargo transport operations using eVTOLs. They will allow the consortium’s members to explore all aspects of AAM, including goods transportation, charging readiness, stakeholder management, business cases, security and safety protocols, social acceptability and urban integration of infrastructure and operations. The initiative could also be replicated in other countries.
“This project is aligned with Aéro Montréal’s mission of enhancing the Quebec aerospace cluster and positioning it as an international leader. We are delighted that VPorts is leading the way in establishing electric Advanced Air Mobility corridors between Quebec and the United States,” said Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal, Quebec’s aerospace cluster.
The consortium intends to work closely and proactively with Transport Canada, NAV CANADA and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to leverage their respective expertise and regulatory authority to foster the implementation of an international framework that tests relevant technology, regulatory alignment and air traffic procedures and management.