Following a successful May visit by the Quebec economic delegation to Israel, Urban Aeronautics and Certification Center Canada (3C) signed a memorandum of understanding in the presence of the Honorable Phillip Couillard, Premier of Quebec, and the Honorable Dominique Anglade, Quebec’s Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, to explore opportunities for Fancraft in the Canadian market.
Urban Aeronautics has invested more than 15 years in developing a family of revolutionary vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with its proprietary Fancraft technology, which uses no external rotors, in accordance with existing FAA design requirements (FAA Part 27 and Part 29). 3C, an independent flight test, research, development and certification centre, is the only Design Approval Organization (DAO) approved by Transport Canada for the commercial conduct of fixedwing and helicopter airworthiness certification programmes, for both Canadian and FAA certifications.
3C and Urban Aeronautics are exploring work-share allocations for the procurement and production of Fancraft components and systems in Quebec. In addition, Urban Aeronautics has the intention of appointing 3C as the certification focal point for the Transport Canada and FAA airworthiness and production certifications for the Fancraft.
Due to their compact footprint, high payload, all-weather capability and lack of external rotors of any kind, Fancraft can access locations that are inaccessible to conventional helicopters and perform a variety of transportation and emergency response missions. These qualities, say the companies, make them ideal for Canada’s rugged landscape as well as intra-urban operations. Urban Aeronautics and 3C share a common understanding that while innovative aircraft designs may offer revolutionary capabilities, they must still meet or exceed all of the safety and certification criteria that apply to conventional aircraft.
Dr Rafi Yoeli, president and CEO of Urban Aeronautics, said: “The key to successful, revolutionary innovation in aerospace is to be able to make the technological leap without abandoning the accumulated wisdom of 100 years of aerospace development. There are no shortcuts. You can reach for the stars, but you need to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground.”
This is a philosophy with which Dr John Maris, president of 3C, and past chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, agrees fully. Dr Denis Faubert of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) added: “I see significant potential within the Quebec industrial base to partner in the development of Fancraft technology and generate economic benefits. We will work with our industrial and research partners to support 3C and Urban Aeronautics in this exciting endeavour.”