Airflow and Pipistrel Partner on Electric Propulsion System for Airflow Proof of Concept Aircraft eSTOL, Inc., an aerospace startup that builds a next-generation short take-off and landing (eSTOL) electric aircraft, and Pipistrel, a global leader in the design and manufacture of small aircraft, announced a partnership under from which Pipistrel will supply motors, motor controllers, and batteries for the Airflow validation aircraft.

Through this work, the two companies will further explore the collaboration on the electric propulsion solution for Airflow production aircraft.

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Pipistrel is the manufacturer of the first and still the only type certified electric aircraft, the VELIS Electro. The company’s vast expertise in clean sheet design through to successful project completion makes it an excellent partner as Airflow prepares to design, build and test its large-scale proof of concept eSTOL.

As Airflow takes advantage of distributed electric propulsion, high performance and reliable motors, controllers and batteries are key components to the aircraft’s ultimate success.

Airflow was founded in 2019 by five former members of the Airbus Vahana team to bring eSTOL capabilities to the passenger and intermediate kilometer logistics market. The founding team’s experience includes Airbus, Eclipse Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Uber Elevate, Airware and Scaled Composites.

Pipistrel has designed numerous experimental and mass-produced electric aircraft, including the first type-certified electric aircraft, the Velis Electro. He has also developed propulsion systems, including batteries, power controllers and electric motors, for small and large planes for NASA, Textron, Siemens, among others.

Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, the company’s R&D division, holds EASA Design Organization Approval and has the ability to transform a new aircraft design concept from a basic idea into a certified, ready design. to be produced. The division is also developing a hybrid electric VTOL cargo plane, as well as a 19-seat miniliner / microfeeder powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, aimed at revolutionizing the intra-European transport market.

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