Airbus, AURA AERO Partner for Greener Pilot Training
Airbus Flight Academy Europe, a subsidiary of Airbus providing training services to French Armed Forces pilots and civilian cadets, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AURA AERO, a specialised aircraft manufacturer focusing on fully-electric designs.
Together, they aim to address the decarbonisation of pilot training by introducing electric-powered aircraft for both commercial and military pilot formation.
The collaboration involves Airbus Flight Academy Europe's contribution to the initial development of the INTEGRAL E, a two-seater trainer aircraft powered entirely by electricity.
This aircraft is particularly suited for the early stages of pilot training and can be charged within 20 to 30 minutes using superchargers installed at the airfield, providing an hour of flight endurance.
Jean Longobardi, CEO of Airbus Flight Academy Europe, expressed the academy's commitment to achieving a low-carbon aircraft fleet by 2030 and expressed enthusiasm for partnering with AURA AERO in this endeavour.
He believes their collaboration and expertise can successfully decarbonise the current pilot training approach, with the INTEGRAL E serving as an initial step towards a broader partnership.
Jérémy Caussade, CEO and co-founder of AURA AERO, expressed his team's satisfaction and honour in being selected by Airbus to support the decarbonisation of their training activities.
Caussade emphasised that pilot training is an area where the early adoption of zero-emission practices can be expected, starting with two-seater aircraft.
The partnership with Airbus Flight Academy Europe will enable the development of a new generation of electrically-powered training aircraft, benefiting pilots regardless of the aircraft they fly.
Airbus, driven by its vision to lead the aerospace industry's decarbonisation journey, is committed to pioneering disruptive technologies and low-emission solutions. They strive to deliver and continuously improve fuel-efficient products while actively supporting the development and implementation of sustainable practices.
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