aircraft you have to
make a choice:
Take off vertically with a helicopter, or travel quickly with a plane. Electric propulsion allows us to combine these two worlds. Vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft will collect you at a rooftop vertiport, lift off, and then transition to a fast mode of forward flight to take you to your destination in a short time. And they will do this with much less environmental impact than today’s aircraft.See the Technology > Read the News >
At Dufour Aerospace’s home base in the Swiss Alps, we also intend to revolutionize mountain and rural transport. For example, you can travel from Zurich airport to Zermatt in 30 minutes, instead of the more than 3 hours it takes today by train or car. Or in 22 minutes from Milan instead of driving more than 3 hours.See the Technology > Read the News >
March 2015Start of the development of aEro 1With the help of our partners we started the development of the first electric aerobatic aircraft in the world. Our goal was to test the electric components in a rugged environment. We did not just want to fly 15 minutes to demonstrate an aerobatic program. We wanted to use electric aircrafts for a regular aerobatic mission. This means: Aerobatic flight up to 30 minutes (like regular aerobatic aircrafts today), flight time up to 1 hour, and a safety reserve of 15 minutes flight. Able to fly several flights a day and recharge it fast. Prove that electric aircrafts are suitable for continuous use in rugged (aerobatic) and ongoing commercial use.
June 2016First flight of aero 1In june 2016, aEro 1 had his first fast taxi and his first flight. Flying electric aircrafts is an awesome experience and hooked the founders team even more to the electric propulsion. After more the 60 years in total flight experience from a paraglider to IFR twin engine aircrafts and helicopters, we could could experience the differences of flying electrically.
See as well the link of our flight experience with aEro 1:
September 2016first conceptual designs of aEro 2The awesome flight behaviour of aEro 1 directly draw us to start the first designs of a VTOL aircraft. From the first moment we could integrate our more than 30 years in VTOL operation experience. The aircraft needs to be able to operate in a rugged, high altitude, commercial environment and be able to profit from the new abilities of electric propulsion, which means cost effective, CO2 optimized, environmental friendly and multi redundant systems.
February 17aEro 1 reaches 50 hours flight timeIn a very short time aEro 1 reached its 50th flight hour. We were able to test the aircraft in +35 deg. C and 10 deg. C.. We flew up to 8 flights a day and up to 13’000 feet altitude. The Delta T (the temperature increase of the batteries between each flight) could be kept stable during an average day and did not rise more than 5 deg C. at a very hot (30 deg. C) day. With increased confidence in the aircraft we were flying up to 1 hour flight time and did fly all relevant basic aerobatic maneuvers.
December 2017first scale models prove conceptTesting different concept (especially tilt-wing and tilt-rotor) led to the first model prototypes to simulate different steering and flying configurations. Since then our different scale models made until now up to 20 flight hours in real flight conditions in all configurations.
January 2018Full flight simulation of 1/1 aircraft flies in simulatorA full scale configuration of the aircraft with all the basic parameters (like weights, W&B, aerodynamic profiles, power and RPM settings) is configured in simulator flight and tested thoroughly.
October 20181/ 3 model will be tested in real flight conditionsThe first flights with the exact proportional scale aircraft will be flown. Additional we will have the final CFD simulation results to freeze the design.
November 2019Start with the EPS ground tests and start building the fuselageAfter the design is defined and executed, at approximately in November 2019 we start building the first fuselage and test the electric systems on the ground.
End of 2020aEro 2 is ready for first ground testsIn 2020 we will integrate all components of the aircraft and start testing it. First on the ground and later in flight, firstly unmanned in hover and later on as well in all configurations.