Oregon needs up to 126 Jump Aero aircraft for state response plan


The US state of Oregon says it will need up to 126 Jump Aero aircraft for statewide coverage as part of its rural life-saving plan. 

Jump Aero has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Oregon’s Department of Aviation to explore the use of its JA1 Pulse aircraft as part of the state’s emergency response. The MoU adds Oregon to the growing list of jurisdictions – state and tribal governments – that are partnering with Jump Aero.

Kenji Sugahara, the director of the Oregon Department of Aviation said: “We look forward to building a long-term relationship with Jump Aero as we explore providing rapid first response to our rural communities with the JA1 Pulse. We are excited to be bringing cutting edge solutions to Oregon residents which will positively impact their health and lives in such a dramatic way.” 

As noted, the agreement says that as many as 126 JA1 Pulse aircraft will likely be needed to “ensure that a trained professional is on the scene as quickly as possible.” Jump Aero has designed its aircraft around the eight minute response timeframe which is almost globally-recognised as the desired standard of care. “Large distances and challenging terrain” mean the current response time in more remote areas can be longer than eight minutes, according the MoU. 

Jump Aero president and CEO Carl Dietrich added: “We are grateful to the Oregon Department of Aviation for their willingness to consider the JA1 Pulse in support of their commitment to reducing emergency response times and increasing survival rates in Oregon’s rural communities. We are confident that the JA1 Pulse will be a critical life-saving tool in Oregon and look forward to working with first responders there and in the growing list of partner regions. This MoU and the work it represents is directly in line with Jump Aero’s mission and we are excited to begin.”

Jump Aero visited our flagship event, Revolution.Aero San Francisco back in September to unveil their aircraft publicly for the first time. Presenting the session Jump Aero – Taking the leap which focused on the company’s vision of “revolutionising the EMS sector”, Dietrich stressed the potential of using eVTOL technologies to get to the scene of rural emergencies quicker than ever before.