Critical goods supply worries remote Canadians
Concern over supply chain security for critical goods is increasing among remote communities in Canada, according to Horizon Aircraft.
New research by the Canadian VTOL OEM shows 40% of people living in remote communities are considering a move to urban areas due to worries about supplies. Whilst nearly six out of 10, or 58%, are concerned about long-term community survival. Remote regions account for nearly three quarters of Canada and about one in nine Canadians live in those areas, according the government.
Brandon Robinson, CEO of Horizon Aircraft, said: “The rising cost of living in general and the increasing price of fuel pose a real threat to remote communities, whose survival is dependent on secure and reliable supplies.”
Whilst 55% of those asked said they had noticed a drop in supply over the past two years, Horizon sees the introduction of eVTOL aircraft as a solution. Robinson believes such aircraft are capable of servicing many remote areas. Around 60% of people questioned said they would stay in their community if eVTOLs improved the delivery of supplies and made travel easier. Around 18% were undecided and 22% said it wouldn’t influence their decision.
“Innovations such as air taxis can play a major role in securing the future of remote communities for those who want to be able to continue living there,” said Robinson. “We believe they have the potential to revolutionise the way people travel between remote communities and provide a dependable means for the transportation of cargo, such as vital supplies and medicine, to such locations.”
A combination of prices rising for goods, transport and government budget restrictions are blamed by some. Data showed 86% said the rising cost of goods means they can no longer afford them, while 71% point to government spending and 63% say the cost of fuel is hiking deliveries costs.
Horizon is building a hybrid electric VTOL aircraft, known as the Cavorite X5, that it plans have in commercial operation for business aviation travellers as early as 2026. The aircraft is being built for longer-range regional passenger flights, cargo and special missions. Capable of carrying four passengers and a pilot, the aircraft will have a payload of 500 kg (1,100lbs), and a range of 800km (500 miles) with full fuel reserves.