Wisk Aero continues to expand its global footprint – launches a new engineering hub in Montreal

Wisk Aero, one of the leading Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company and developer of the first all-electric, self-flying air taxi in the U.S,  is continuing its global expansion with the launch of a new engineering hub in Montreal, Canada. Reportedly, the hub will be dedicated to the ongoing development of its 6th generation aircraft slated to be revealed later this year.

The company is planning the launch of the new hub with existing Montreal-based personnel and intends to grow this presence to approximately thirty employees by the end of the year.

The start-up company has been experiencing rapid growth, driven by a tremendous increase in interest in its mission and technology and the Montreal hub is touted to be a part of a broader effort to further expand its global team of industry-leading talent around the world.

We are excited about the launch of our new Montreal hub. Canada’s forward-looking approach to aviation and interest in AAM, combined with its pool of experienced aerospace talent, make it an ideal location for Wisk as we expand our global footprint. This expansion highlights the increasing global interest in our mission to bring safe, everyday flight to everyone, and we look forward to continuing that mission with support from our new Montreal-based hub

said Sebastien Vigneron, Sr. Vice President of Engineering and Programs

Tech and specs

eVTOL
Mission Air taxi
PowerAll-electric
Aircraft typeExperimental
Aircraft classificationeVTOL
Type of flightFixed wing, on a single propeller
Pilot typeAutonomous (self-flying)
Altitude~1500-5000 ft AGL
Dimensions21 feet long with a 36-foot wingspan
Vertical lift12 independent lift fans
Range Initially about 25 miles plus reserves / about 40 kilometres plus reserves
SpeedAbout 100 miles per hour / about 160 kilometres per hour
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Here’s a brief timeline of the developments at Wisk Aero so far:

First Generation – February 2014

From hover to forwarding flight, Wisk pulls off its first generation aircraft.

Second Generation – June 2015

The second generation of aircraft completes the world’s maiden flight of a manned, all-electric, fly-by-wire aircraft.

Third Generation – August 2016

Completes its first eVTOL flight with full hover and vertical take-off and landing.

October 2017

Wisk expands its existing California-based flight testing centre while at the same time also expanding its presence in New Zealand.

Fourth Generation – November 2017

Their fourth generation aircraft completes its first unmanned transition in California.

Fifth Generation – March 2018

The company unveils “Cora”- its fifth generation, electric, autonomous air taxi.

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Partnership with Air New Zealand – October 2018

Partners with Air New Zealand in what could be termed as one of the world’s first UAM partnerships.

Boeing joins as an investor – June 2019

Boeing, one of the world’s largest aerospace behemoths, hops in as an investor and strategic partner.

ALSO READ – Boeing increases its investment in Wisk Aero by USD 450 million

Partnership with the New Zealand Government

Partners with the New Zealand government in their world-first Airspace Integration Trials

The announcement of the new Montreal hub follows Wisk’s recent expansion into Australia. In addition to Montreal and its headquarters and facilities around the San Francisco Bay Area, Wisk now has a presence in Atlanta (Georgia), New Zealand, and Australia.

About Wisk

Wisk is an advanced air mobility (AAM) company dedicated to delivering safe, everyday flights for everyone. Wisk’s self-flying, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi, will make it possible for passengers to skip the traffic and get to their destination faster.

Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with locations around the world, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation. With over a decade of experience and over 1550 test flights, Wisk is shaping the future of daily commutes and urban travel, safely and sustainably.

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