DAHER-SOCATA takes responsibilities for the E-Fan 2.0 aircraft’s entire development, from electric engine and batteries to certification by EASA as Europe’s airworthiness authority
12/22/14 4:00 am chumakdenis 1
DAHER-SOCATA announced in TArbes, France the signature with Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary for design, development and certification of E-Fan 2.0 - the world’s first all-electric series production aircraft.
E-Fan 2.0 is part of the electric aircraft program launched by Airbus Group. This is a first true application of the program, since E-Fan 2.0 is intended to be built in series production and marketed as a two-seat general aviation trainer.
First electric certified aircraft
E-Fan 2.0 aims to be the first electric aircraft certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the first all-electric aircraft designed specifically for pilot training - defining an international aviation standard. One goal of the program also is to open the way for electrical applications on aircraft of larger size.
Under the project management of VoltAir, DAHER-SOCATA - with its manufacturing experience that includes several thousand aircraft in service worldwide - is responsible for the E-Fan 2.0 aircraft’s entire development, including its electric engine and batteries, as well as flight test and certification by EASA as Europe’s airworthiness authority. DAHER-SOCATA also will be responsible for defining operational rules for ab-initio training with the French DGAC civil aviation airworthiness authority.
"This selection by Airbus Group demonstrates our innovation capabilities and know-how," said Stephane Mayer, President & CEO of the aerospace and defense activities at DAHER. “This is a promising program, not only for the aviation sector but for all the high-tech industries that will increasingly call for electric energy management.”
The contract is the result of an initial 18-month phase of work studies conducted with Airbus Group, which allowed the project structure.
“It is aligned with the development of the engineering services business we launched in 2013, offering our skills and expertise of an aero structure manufacturer and designer in the field of product engineering to the aviation industry,” explained Jacques Lordon, Vice President Engineering Development at DAHER-SOCATA.
"A few months after the launch of DAHER-SOCATA’s new TBM 900 very fast turboprop aircraft, our technical teams are particularly proud of their upcoming contribution with the Airbus Group’s VoltAir subsidiary in this world premiere for aeronautics," stated Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of DAHER-SOCATA Airplane Business - who will lead this project. "In addition to our design engineering skills for the E-FAN 2.0 program, we are bringing our experience as an aircraft manufacturer whose experience includes more than 2,000 Rallye and TB general aviation aircraft that are in service in the flight schools of more than 65 countries, along with over 700 TBMs delivered worldwide."
A few words about DAHER
DAHER is a tier-1 equipment supplier to high-technology industries.
DAHER offers ‘manufacturing & services’ solutions to the Aerospace & Defense, Nuclear & Energy and Capital Goods sectors. With a robust engineering-based approach, DAHER is able to deliver innovative and differentiating solutions to its industrial customers.
Created in 1863, DAHER is an international group, present in 12 countries across the world. In 2013 DAHER generated a turnover of nearly one billion euros, with an order book equivalent to more than three years of turnover DAHER-SOCATA is the Aerospace and Defense division of the DAHER Group.