We have more experience in manned electric flight than most others worldwide. With aEro 1, we've shown that we have what it takes to bring an electric aircraft into the air. We aren’t waiting for technology to improve and catch up with our designs - instead we’re designing fast, safe aircraft with today’s state of the art.
With over 30 years of experience in Swiss commercial helicopter operations, we understand the real world requirements of VTOL aircraft. Our engineering team with years of aircraft construction experience is building aircraft for rugged operation in harsh environments. Our patented combination of proven aerodynamic concepts with the latest technology makes our aircraft rock solid with unparalleled performance.
Co-founder and CEO
Thomas has both extensive management and aviation expertise. Thomas’s career has included several management board positions as CEO and CFO for both entrepreneurial and multinational companies. Thomas was CEO of the Swiss based Sotax Group, a world market leader in pharmaceutical testing instruments. As a professional commercial helicopter rescue pilot with Air Zermatt --- in addition to being a fixed wing, IFR rated and a passionate aerobatic pilot --- Thomas's mission experience includes 3,000 rescue operations and over 10,000 hours of flight experience. Beside of his management skills, he published as well a scientific book about implementation of OMM (operations management manual) and OM (operation manuals) concepts under EASA guidelines. Thomas holds a Bachelor degree in Economics, a Masters degree in Finance and an MBA from the University St. Gallen. Thomas is responsible for the aircraft configuration, certification setup and commercial operation of Dufour Aerospace.
"Thomas has both extensive management and aviation expertise."
Dominique has extensive aviation and engineering experience. Dominique is a World Cup Champion in paragliding aerobatics and a Red Bull competition pilot. Dominique is widely recognized as being the inventor of many of today’s aerobatic maneuvers whereby he was inspired by his close friendship with the world renowned Red Bull Pilot, Hannes Arch. A passion for paragliding and aerobatic flight, Dominique developed and tested more than a dozen paragliders. Dominique thus brings considerable expertise and experience in the area of flight static, aerodynamics, flight-testing and system integration - especially for “man-carrying electric aircrafts”. Dominique acts as the CEO of Kissling & Zbinden with responsibility for projects totaling more than CHF 1 billion with a team of over 130 engineers. Dominique holds university degrees in civil engineering and project management including a Masters in Business. Dominique is responsible for the overall design and construction of our aircrafts.
"Dominique has extensive aviation and engineering experience."
Co-founder and CTO
After 8 years at Google and co-founding Daedalean, Jasmine brings her broad software engineering expertise and training in DO-178C and safety critical software development to Dufour. She is responsible for design evaluations, simulation, control systems, software and automation.
"Jasmine is responsible for design evaluations, simulation, control systems, software and automation."
Chief Test Pilot and Head of Certification
Damian is one of the few civilian class 1 test pilots who has flown as many as 138 different types of aircraft from gliders to airliners, including 15 first flights of prototypes. He has broad experience test flying electric aircraft, including SolarStratus, and was heavily involved in certifying many other aircraft. He is also an accomplished engineer and project manager with a successful track record in cross-functional roles and broad scope programmes. Damian keeps a close watch over new technology trends, and adapts proven business models to collaborative work environments. As our Chief Test Pilot and Head of Certification, he oversees the whole certification process of aEro 2 and other aircraft.
"Damian is one of the few civilian class 1 test pilots who has flown as many as 138 different types of aircraft."
Pierluigi Capone is Senior Lecturer for Flight Mechanics and Flight Control Systems at ZHAW. He has 20 years of aerospace industry experience, most recently as Head of Control Laws Design at AgustaWestland. He worked on the control law development of the AW609, and led the flight control system for the Future Tilt-Rotor project.
"Pierluigi is supporting Dufour Aerospace in terms of aircraft development, specifically in his core area, control system. "
Professor Dr. Leonardo Manfriani
Leonardo is Professor for Aircraft Systems, Propulsion, Aerodynamics and Flight Testing. He worked as chief aerodynamicist at Pilatus and has vast experience in high performance aircrafts. He was part of the aerodynamic development, performance analysis and handling qualities certification of the PC 9 / 12 / 21. He is serving as CVE (Compliance Verification Engineer, Subpart B) for the PC 24 project. As an aerodynamic specialist he helps Dufour Aerospace to optimize our aircraft design.
"As an aerodynamic specialist he helps Dufour Aerospace to optimize our aircraft design."
Dr. Jean-Christophe Zufferey
After a training for young military pilots, Jean-Christophe got a master degree in micro-engineering before completing a PhD in aerial robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He then co-founded senseFly SA, a professional mapping drone company, which quickly became a worldwide leader in the geomatics and agriculture industry. He is also an assiduous fixed-wing and rotary-wing pilot, with a significant experience in aerobatics and mountain landings. With his vast knowledge in the aviation and UAV industry combined with his managerial skills, Jean-Christophe helps Dufour Aerospace in all aspects of entrepreneurship and technology.
"Jean-Christophe helps Dufour Aerospace in all aspects of entrepreneurship and technology."
Jonathan began his career as a specialist for cross-border cooperation between Europe and China in 1996, when he joined Roland Berger & Partners, a German strategy consultant, acting as its China Chief Representative. Under this specific guideline, he has initiated and accomplished a list of M&A projects for several Chinese and German investors, some of which in the aviation industry including the Fairchild Dornier 728 Program. Jonathan took office in November 2013 to be the Chairman of the Board of Guangdong Elecpro Electric Appliance Holding Co., Ltd. In an effort to transform an electric appliance manufacturer to a high-tech enterprise in the general aviation industry, Elecpro acquired several technology companies in Europe under his leadership, including helicopter and aero-engine developers in Russia and Western Europe. Jonathan is supporting Dufour Aerospace as an advisor, helping in aviation technologies in their strategy formulation and financing, in particular in the context of the Chinese markets. Jonathan Chu has studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany on a scholarship provided by ABB Brown Boveri Group.
"Jonathan is supporting Dufour Aerospace as an advisor, helping in aviation technologies in their strategy formulation and financing, in particular in the context of the Chinese markets."
Join our team
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We are hiring:
- Aviation product designers
- Structural analysis engineers
- Flight control software engineers
- Mechanical system engineers
- Aerodynamics engineers
- Certification specialists