A new Canadian consortium has been launched to support, design and implement the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the country.

Named as Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), the Vancouver-based multi-stakeholder group will help simplify research, development and commercial operations in the AAM sector.

The national effort has been initiated and created by Canadian Air Mobility and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) with support from more than 20 partners.

Major CAAM members of include TransLink, Helijet International, British Columbia Institute of Technology, the University of British Columbia, Bell Textron, Iskwew Air, and several leading aerospace stakeholders in Canada.

CAAM executive director and Canadian Air Mobility founder and CEO JR Hammond: said: ”We’ve established an outstanding group of strategic members to support the design, integration, and implementation of Advanced Air Mobility in Canada.

“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.”

CAAM aims to develop an AAM innovation hub and expand the sector’s ties with various members both domestic and internationally.

This will allow small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to nurture their technology and take them from a low technology readiness level (TRL) to certification and commercialisation.

The AAM aims to provide transportation, emergency and supply chain services for urban and rural communities leveraging zero-emission, electric or hydrogen fuel cells, and vertical take-off aircraft.