Jump Aero Inc.
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, the JA1, is being designed as a one 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.
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.
It was announced in March 2021, that Jump Aero was awarded a Phase 1 Small Business Technology Transfer research contract from the U.S. Air Force's Agility Prime program. Agility Prime is a program designed to accelerate eVTOL and hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft for both commercial market and military use.
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
- Jump Aero website
- Article: Jump Aero to Get First Responders There Faster, Electric VTOL News, Jan. 7, 2020
- Article: Jump Aero aims to put eVTOL aircraft in the hands of first responders, eVTOL Magazine, Jan. 8, 2020
- Article: NBAA News Hour: First Responders May be Early Adaptors of eVTOL, National Business Aviation Association, Aug. 3, 2020
- Article: Jump Aero and Oklahoma State University Win U.S. Air Force Contract as Part of Agility Prime, PR Newswire, Mar. 10, 2021