Aviation News Journal
From the Editor
This edition's comic on page 1 sums up this past year quite well. So much has happened in 2020, that events that took place in the beginning of the year seem like a lifetime away. In just one year, life in general, as well in the aviation industry, has changed to the point that people talk about accepting the ‘new normal’, compared with our past lives of comparatively unrestrained freedom and travel.
Most have become armchair virologists, with opinions often as polarized as with American politics. Even our vocabulary has changed to incorporate new words, such as coronacation, zoom-bombing, covidiot, corona-waltz and corona-cut, with the last item on this list being a haircut one receives at home, due to a lockdown.
The extent to which the aviation industry has been affected can even be seen in the text of some of the articles in this edition of Aviation News Journal. The effects of the global reaction to coronavirus has had a massive impact on the publishing industry as well, which is why we would like to thank our advertisers for their loyal support over the past year in particular. Without the support of our advertisers, it would not be possible to print this magazine. On that subject, if times are tough for your business, which they probably are, we can help you reach your audience with a personalized plan of action, whether it be through advertising in this magazine, or through other marketing material or strategies.
On a positive note, we are looking forward to the return of real airshows, as opposed to online ones, and we cannot wait to bring all the action to you though our magazine and website.
Meanwhile, we wish you all the best for 2021. If you have a company in the aviation industry and you have news you would like us to share, let us know, and we will spread
Until next time, fly safely.
Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium Launched
The future of flight in Canada took a major step forward today with the launch of the Vancouver-based Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), a multi-stakeholder group that will streamline research, development and commercial operations in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector, globally recognized as the next frontier of commercial aviation.
AAM involves the use of zero-emission, electric or hydrogen fuel cells, and vertical takeoff aircraft to provide transportation, emergency and supply chain services for urban and rural communities.
Among the many benefits of these aircraft are greater manoeuverability, less need for ground infrastructure (airport runways), less aircraft noise, reduced fossil fuel consumption, lower costs, shorter travel times and improved safety.
Initiated and created by Canadian Air Mobility and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), there are currently more than twenty partners involved in the national effort. Caam’s key members include TransLink, Helijet International, British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia, Bell Textron, Iskwew Air, and many of Canada’s leading aerospace stakeholders.
“We’ve established an outstanding group of strategic members to support the design, integration, and implementation of Advanced Air Mobility in Canada,” said JR Hammond, Founder and CEO, Canadian Air Mobility and Executive Director, CAAM.
“We look forward to demonstrating the economic viability, environmental benefits and social inclusivity factors of this technology and making Canada a world leader in AAM. To that end, we welcome additional members who share our vision that AAM provides the path toward a safer, healthier, and more efficient mode of transportation.”
In addition to providing transportation within urban and rural areas, AAM aircraft will play a critical life-saving role in emergency response situations by enabling faster air transportation of medical supplies, blood, donor organs, or patients to and from hospitals.
It will also improve the emergency response and assessment of natural disasters such as floods and wildfires.
Factors making the Greater Vancouver Area a promising AAM market include: a strong aviation infrastructure base; an existing scheduled helicopter service, with heliports in Vancouver and nearby Victoria and Nanaimo; numerous science and transportation research facilities; the Province of British Columbia and City of Vancouver’s commitment to the decarbonization of transportation; and the Pacific Northwest’s Cascadia corridor (Vancouver-Seattle-Portland), as one of the busiest routes for the movement of goods and people between Canada and the United States.
Among CAAM’s objectives are to create an AAM innovation hub to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow their technology from a low technology readiness level (TRL to certification and commercialization, while also expanding the AAM sector’s connections to regulators, manufacturers, aviation operators, infrastructure
developers, academia, industry, and governments in Canada and internationally.
“The National Research Council of Canada is proud to be a part of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility (CAAM) consortium since the start,” said Dr. Ibrahim Yimer, the NRC’s Vice-President of Transportation and Manufacturing.
“We look forward to working with our 20 partners who are lending their expertise in the Advanced Air Mobility industry to decarbonize transportation, and create more efficient ways of moving people, goods and services and support more socially connected and integrated communities.”
The future of the new era in aviation means faster medevac services, upwards of 4.2 million AAM travellers over the next 20 years, travelling between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver in 1 hour versus 3, expanding connections in remote communities and more importantly, creating new jobs.