Aircraft Manufacturer AURA AERO Showcases Power-On Event of Electric Aircraft First Prototype

The tarmac of Toulouse-Francazal airport hosted the power-on of the first prototype of INTEGRAL E, before the AURA AERO teams, investors, partners, customers and journalists, as well as many institutional representatives. The event took place under the patronage of French navigator Louis Burton, who amicably participated and, being himself committed to decarbonizing sailing, saluted the eco-responsible approach of AURA AERO in this electric aircraft project.

The power-on, the first propeller revolution and the first roll-out of INTEGRAL E represent a major industrial milestone for AURA AERO. INTEGRAL E will begin its flight test campaign in a few weeks and the entry into service of the INTEGRAL electric range is scheduled for 2026.

Mastering this new electric propelling system is an essential competence for the ERA program, the 19-seater regional transport aircraft currently developed by AURA AERO.

For Jérémy Caussade, President and co-founder of AURA AERO: “The first power-on of INTEGRAL E represents a very intense moment in the history of AURA AERO, a history which we are writing each day, with our teams and with the support of all those who are alongside us”. He adds: “I particularly would like to thank the Occitanie Region, who was the first to believe in us and support the INTEGRAL project as soon as 2019, and also INNOVACOM and the BPI, as well as all our investors and friends, who helped us raise the funds necessary for launching this project, essential for decarbonizing aviation. We are now starting our second fund-raising campaign in order to accelerate the adventure and we will see you very soon for the take-off of the French electric two-seater aircraft!”.

Louis Burton, patron of the event, adds: ”Modern aviation has helped pioneers accelerate their discovery of the world and has enabled people over the world to meet, I am proud and honored to sponsor INTEGRAL E by AURA AERO, a company that works so this remains possible, while addressing climate challenges”.

Around twelve INTEGRAL are already in production, pending the certification of INTEGRAL R and S, and before the first customer deliveries, scheduled this year. A tow-plane version of INTEGRAL E will also be developed, in partnership with the French Gliding Federation (FFVP), making this aircraft the first French electric tow-plane, modern, economic and eco-friendly, reducing noise and carbon footprint of towing activities.

Source: AURA AERO
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Electric Aircraft Manufacturer Lilium Announces Partnership with PhilJets to Bring eVTOLs to the Philippines

Lilium, developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, and PhilJetsa leading aviation provider of global services in the ASEAN region, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at the Singapore Airshow.  

The agreement includes the intent to purchase 10 Lilium Jets, as well as a future strategic collaboration on the establishment of an eVTOL operation network across the Philippines and other Southeast Asia countries, such as Cambodia. As part of the agreement, Lilium and PhilJets will partner to develop a future service, including the joint definition of routes, city pairs, and passenger demand for an on-demand eVTOL service in the region.

Both companies will also identify potential sites, requirements, and partners for landing infrastructure, including the identification of vertiport partners in the region, sharing vertiport specifications, and access to Lilium’s existing network of charging hardware providers.

The Lilium Jet is purpose built to meet the transportation challenges of the Philippines. As a country with more than 7,500 islands, Lilium’s approach for regional air mobility is a perfect fit for eVTOL service in the Philippines and showcases the broader opportunities for island nations across the globe.

PhilJets currently operates a fleet comprising 15 private jets and helicopters, with plans to expand further in the next three years, and for over a decade has been a mainstay in the Philippines aviation sector. PhilJets currently operates both private and commercial flights, together with a maintenance services affiliate entity supporting over 100 helicopters.

By bringing together PhilJets’ ASEAN market expertise and Lilium’s innovative eVTOL technology, this collaboration is set to redefine regional air mobility across the region. The Philippines and Cambodia are poised for success in aviation decarbonization, with both capital cities currently undergoing development of new major airports in both Bulacan and Phnom Penh.

With the Lilium Jet, designed to offer leading capacity, low noise, and high performance with zero operating emissions, Lilium and PhilJets are planning to bring high-speed regional air mobility to Southeast Asia.

Thierry Tea, Chairman, PhilJets, said: “Our team is proud to collaborate with Lilium on the mission to transform the Philippine´s mobility with eVTOLs. With its growing economy, geography, and important tourism industry, the Philippines is a great match to the Lilium Jet´s capabilities. Innovation in aviation is gaining traction among regulators, urban planners, and industry leaders of worldwide economies. Providing efficient connectivity to customers while reducing carbon emissions is a major focus for air transport operators such as PhilJets. We are also looking forward to bringing this technology into Cambodia and other countries in the region.”

Sebastien Borel, Chief Commercial Officer, Lilium, said: “Our strategic partnership with PhilJets will expand our footprint even further in Asia, bringing the Lilium Jet to Southeast Asia. The Philippines is well suited for eVTOLs to effectively connect thousands of islands together through sustainable and high-speed air mobility. Asia is a key market for Lilium — and with the unique topographical challenges this region presents, the innovative design of the Lilium Jet is uniquely suited to address them.”

The news follows several partnerships between Lilium and other providers across the world, and the commencement of production of the Lilium Jet late last year.

Source: Lilium
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TRU Simulation to Showcase Innovative Simulator Technology at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024

As a leading provider of high-fidelity training devices and full-motion simulators for the aviation industry, TRU Simulation will showcase its state-of-the-art simulator solutions during HAI Heli-Expo 2024, Feb. 27-29, in Anaheim, California.

Visitors to the expo will have the opportunity to explore the latest advancements in simulation technology and experience firsthand the immersive simulators offered by TRU at the Anaheim Convention Center booth #2944.

Visitors can also visit Textron Aviation Special Missions at static space #S26 to view the Cessna T206 on display and Bell at booth #3936 to learn more about the future of advanced air mobility.

Source: TRU Simulation
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Nigeria’s National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure Visits Pilot Training Facility of Caverton

On February 19, 2024, the Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu led a delegation on a courtesy call to Caverton Helicopters Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility as well as the full flight simulator training center – Caverton Aviation Training Center (CATC); where he was received by the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Rotimi Makanjuola on behalf of Caverton Management.

CATC is an NCAA approved training facility (ATO015) located at the International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria and delivers world-class training to helicopter flight operations personnel.

Source: Caverton
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