Petaluma, California, USA
Jump Aero was founded in mid-2019 by Carl Dietrich, President/Chief Designer, Jeff Myjak, Head of Fabrication and Anna Dietrich, Director with their headquarters located in Petaluma, California and the fabrication center in Chelsea, Massachusetts (USA). The company was in stealth mode until the public announcement of their company which took place on January 7, 2020.
Jump Aero’s first electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft is being designed as a one (1) passenger aircraft to enable first responders to get to the scene of an accident very quickly and help save lives. Arriving in half the time than that an ambulance could mean the difference between life and death for some. The company sees rural and suburban areas as the first areas to sell the aircraft to, because these are most critical areas where this type of aircraft will do the most to save lives.
The aircraft is not a replacement for helicopters or ground vehicle ambulance services. It is an aircraft which is used in combination with helicopters and/or ambulances. While there are many advantages of electric aircraft and ground vehicles, there is a particular time saving factor with an electric aircraft which at first glance, might not be apparent.
Advantages of Electric Aircraft
- Are extremely maneuverable aircraft due to each motor being independently controlled and therefore are more stable in windy or gusty conditions
- More reliable components
- Lower noise footprint, eVTOLs are quieter outside and inside the aircraft
- Lower manufacturing costs (gas and turbine engines and transmissions are expense)
- Lower annual maintenance costs
- Electric motors weigh less (Gas and turbine engines and transmissions are very heavy)
- Lower annual fuel costs (It costs less to electrically power a vehicle than with the cost of gasoline or avgas)
- No possibility of fires due to a short or other problem involving aviation gas
- Range anxiety is non-existent because the aircraft will only fly if it has enough power for the trip and also has a back-up reserve of battery power for any unexpected situations during a flight.
- Electric motors are more efficient and can go further on less energy (For example, it has been reported that a typical Tesla car has a 3 gallons of gas worth of energy but electric cars are so efficient, you get 100 miles per gallon equivalent.)
- Can land anywhere in case of an emergency situation
- No emissions
- Can make maneuvers like a helicopter and fly like a plane
- Safer aircraft due to redundancy by having distributed electric propulsion, less complex aircraft, multiple computers, more reliable components and if installed with specific software, the software can determine if a motor(s) is failing and can autoland the aircraft
- Immediate start-up and shut-down
Electric vehicles immediately turn on and off, just as we are all aware with electric appliances, like a vacuum cleaner turns immediately on and off, and the same thing happens with electric tools such as an electric hand drill. An eVTOL aircraft once programmed with its destination, can turn on immediately and begin to fly. This will allow a first responder to travel to an emergency faster than in a helicopter. And the aircraft would certainly be faster than an ambulance. In addition, when the eVTOL aircraft lands, the propellers (or ducted fans) will turn off immediately keeping those on the ground, passengers and those near the aircraft, safe.
A helicopter has a start-up sequence where the engine has to heat up and a pre-flight check is required before a helicopter can lift off. After the helicopter lands, there is even the shut-down sequence that takes some time before the helicopter engine and rotors to come to a stop.
As of January 7, 2019, no graphics of the aircraft have been released because the aircraft is still being designed. But we do know the eVTOL will safely carry first responders in a mostly autonomous mode and will most likely allow the passenger to determine the best landing spot at the scene of an emergency. The aircraft is planned to travel at a top speed in excess of 200 mph (173 kt or 322 km/h) and be capable of landing on a two-lane street, driveway, parking lot, and even possibly in the front or back yard of a house or in a field.
The company is seeking input from the first responder community to help them with the correct specifications needed for this type of aircraft in a first responder situation. Jump Aero is currently hiring.
- Type of aircraft: eVTOL
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Piloting: Semi-autonomous
- Cruise speed: Over 200 mph (173 kt, 322 km/h)
- Power source: Batteries
- Safety Features: Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), in case of one or two motor failures, the aircraft can make a safe landing