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The eVTOL developer Jaunt Air Mobility has entered into an agreement to merge with the AIRO Group, the companies announced this week at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jaunt will join six other businesses in AIRO’s portfolio: the drone companies AIRO Drone and Sky-Watch, aviation and special missions training providers Agile Defense and Coastal Defense, avionics manufacturer Aspen Avionics, and fellow eVTOL developer VRCO.
“Together, Jaunt and the other AIRO Group companies offer a transformational, next-generation capability for the aerospace industry that addresses high-growth markets in advanced air mobility as well as leveraging technologies across markets that benefit the general, business, commercial, and the military aviation community,” AIRO Group CEO Joe Burns stated in a press release about the deal.
“Additionally, we have the resources, experience, and inherent knowledge to help streamline regulatory compliance and certification among all segments,” he added.
Earlier this year, Jaunt announced plans to open design and manufacturing operations in Quebec, Canada, as well as new partnerships with CAE and Crane Aerospace & Electronics. According to Eric Côté, president of Jaunt Air Mobility Canada, “Jaunt’s business commitment remains unchanged along with our relationship to the Canadian government and to our Tier 1 suppliers and customers.”