Wisk Aero, a Californian startup founded by Google co-founder Larry Page and giant Boeing, will open an “engineering hub” in the Montreal area.
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To explain his decision to base himself in Quebec, Wisk mentioned in a press release, “Canada’s forward-thinking approach to aviation and its interest in advanced air mobility technologies, as well as its experienced aviation workers.
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Wisk’s Senior Vice President of Engineering and Programs is Sébastien Vigneron, who worked at Bombardier in Quebec for almost eight years before moving to the United States.
Wisk currently has a handful of employees in the Montreal area, including John Janiszewski, a former bombardier and Airbus Canada, who serves as Chief Systems Architect.
The company currently has seven open positions in the greater Montreal area. It hopes to end the year with about thirty employees in Quebec.
Wisk designed the Cora, a two-seat autonomous electric aircraft for use as an air taxi. The first flight took place in 2018. A new version of the device should be presented by the end of the year.
Quebec is popular with electric aircraft manufacturers. Two other American companies active in this field, Jaunt Air Mobility and Unither Bioelectronics, have settled here.
Wisk is based in Mountain View, where Google is located, with offices in Atlanta and New Zealand.
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