November 29, 2023
Following the successful first flights of Electra’s eSTOL technology demonstrator aircraft, the Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: VTOL), the leading global provider of innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions, has moved forward with executing a deposit agreement to secure early delivery positions for Electra’s hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) production aircraft.
November 20, 2023
Electra announced today that it has successfully completed the first flights of its EL-2 Goldfinch, a hybrid-electric, ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. The Goldfinch completed an all-electric test flight on November 11 and a hybrid-electric flight on November 19, both piloted by Cody Allee, from the Manassas Regional Airport in Virginia. The first hybrid flight lasted 23 minutes, reached an altitude of 3,200 feet, and covered a distance of approximately 30 miles.
July 26, 2023
Statkraft Ventures, one of the leading VC funds in energy transition and climate tech, today announced its investment in electric aviation company Electra. The investment will enable Electra to further develop its hybrid-electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft, reinforcing Statkraft Ventures’ commitment to advancing sustainable transportation and decarbonization efforts by investing in emerging technologies that reduce emissions.
June 22, 2023
Our rollout of the Electra tech demonstrator last week was a monumental event. Take a look at this video 📽 for the highlight reel!
June 21, 2023
Safran Helicopter Engines has signed an agreement with Electra to develop the 600 kW electric turbogenerator propulsion system for the prototype of Electra’s nine-passenger hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft.
June 12, 2023
Electra today unveiled the test vehicle for its hybrid-electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft, the first of its kind, marking a significant milestone in Electra’s mission to help decarbonize aviation and revolutionize urban and regional transportation. Electra’s eSTOL technology demonstrator (TD) is the world’s first blown lift aircraft using distributed electric propulsion, which enables the airplane to take off and land in very short spaces.
May 31, 2023
Electra is pleased to announce the appointment of aviation industry leaders James F. Albaugh and Allan McArtor to its Board of Advisors, and Kirsten Bartok Touw to the company’s Board of Directors. They join existing board members Paul Kaminski, General (Ret.) Bryan “Doug” Brown, Peter Joseph, and Laura O’Neill Ott in guiding Electra on its mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets with Electra’s hybrid-electric, ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft.
May 24, 2023
Over the past few weeks, we've been putting our eSTOL technology demonstrator aircraft through a series of ground tests. This pivotal ground test milestone has validated our blown lift performance with top-notch data and some truly tantalizing results. The countdown has begun, and we're on the brink of unveiling our eSTOL technology demonstrator aircraft to the world! Stay tuned and keep your eyes on the skies...
May 18, 2023
Electra is pleased to announce that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has recognized key Electra principals.
April 19, 2023
The Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC) today announced that Electra.aero, Inc. has been awarded a Commonwealth Commercialization Fund (CCF) grant. Based in Manassas, Va., Electra.aero is a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets with its hybrid-electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. This CCF grant will be used to perform a rolling, powered wind tunnel test that will help validate the aircraft performance before first flight.
March 15, 2023
VPorts, the global leader in the design, construction, and operation of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure, has announced an initial set of agreements with key AAM players as part of its development plan to build and operate the AAM World Integrator World Centre in Dubai. Electra.aero, Falcon Aviation, and SkyDrive have joined the centre to be part of VPorts’ strategy to develop the Gulf
March 10, 2023
Charles Alcock at AIN writes: Electra is pioneering the development of a hybrid-electric short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft that it says will deliver far lower operating economics than new electrical vertical aircraft. It expects the nine-seater to operate from downtown spaces as short as just over 300 feet, opening up new urban and regional air services that aren’t viable today.
February 28, 2023
KinectAir, the operating system for booking private charter and advanced air mobility flights, has partnered with Electra.aero, Inc. ("Electra"), a next-gen aerospace company, to meet the growing demand for convenient, safe, and affordable flight services in the underserved regional travel market. The combination ofElectra’s quiet and cost-efficient electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL)aircraft operated on KinectAir’s software-defined network unlocks the promise of regional air mobility by lowering the cost of point-to-point air travel while exploiting the vastly underutilized existing infrastructure of 5,200 federally funded regional airports.
January 26, 2023
Electra.aero, a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets, today announced its selection by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) award that secures up to $85 million between private investments, government funding, and matching Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding for Electra’s development of a full-scale pre-production prototype electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft.
January 19, 2023
Diana is the Chief Financial Officer for Electra.aero, a developer of hybrid-electric, ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft able to take off and land independent of traditional airports in football pitch-sized spaces such as barges or converted parking lots.
October 18, 2022
Electra today announced that it has signed a letter of intent bringing Electra’s total order book to 1,000 aircraft worth over $3 billion. The aircraft sale was signed with private air mobility provider Welojets, LLC for 32 electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (BACE) in Orlando, Florida.
September 27, 2022
Electra.aero, Inc. (“Electra”), a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets, announced today that it has completed the first flight of a solar-battery hybrid electric research aircraft. This 90-foot wingspan unmanned aircraft system (UAS) made its first flight from Manassas Regional Airport, Virginia on September 9, 2022, and is the first airplane to emerge from Electra’s new development facility there.
September 27, 2022
This announcement was released by MintAir: MintAir Co. LTD (“MintAir”), an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) provider in South Korea, has signed a Letter of Intent with Electra.aero, Inc. ("Electra"), a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets, to purchase Electra’s hybrid-electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Under the agreement, MintAir will add 50 eSTOL aircraft to its fleet, launching regional air mobility operations for passengers and air cargo in South Korea.
September 7, 2022
Electra, a next-gen aerospace company with a mission to help decarbonize aviation and open new air transportation markets, has successfully completed a fully integrated test of the proprietary hybrid-electric propulsion system for its low-carbon emissions, electric short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft, moving Electra closer to leveraging its hybrid engine technology to significantly reduce aircraft emissions, noise, and operating costs.
June 8, 2022
Electra.aero announced today that it has acquired California-based Airflow.aero. The transaction creates a powerful addition to the rapidly emerging advanced air mobility (AAM) market. Electra will consolidate Airflow's eSTOL business under the Electra brand and integrate Airflow's highly experienced team, backlog of letters of intent and strategic partnerships into its own activities.
June 3, 2022
Electra's hybrid eSTOL aircraft team will participate in an information exchange with NASA's National Campaign that is speeding the development of an ecosystem to support new vehicles and other technologies to expand urban and regional air mobility.
March 10, 2022
The US Air Force has awarded Electra.aero in partnership with MIT, a STTR contract to advance the development of flight control systems for Electra's hybrid-electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Hybrid eSTOL aircraft with precision landing capabilities are well-suited to support runway-independent operations where an airfield may no longer be accessible, in addition to the Air Force's new agile combat employment doctrine by providing middle- and last-mile distributed cargo or island-hopping logistics.
February 10, 2022
Electra.aero has teamed with Singapore-based private air mobility platform Yugo to meet Asia-Pacific's transportation challenges and deliver cleaner, quieter, more affordable air travel with Electra's hybrid-electric, ultra-short takeoff and landing eSTOL aircraft.
February 8, 2022
Electra's hybrid eSTOL technology has the potential to deliver game-changing energy efficiency improvements and meaningful payload and range performance for Air Force missions of the future.
February 1, 2022
Airflow’s dedication to creating a sustainable future for remote air transport provides El Azufre customers with a luxury experience that’s environmentally responsible.
January 24, 2022
Get the inside scoop on Electra.aero's hybrid-electric eSTOL sustainable aircraft technology in this lively discussion with Electra's Director of Strategy Diana Siegel and eVTOL Insights.
January 18, 2022
Electra.aero announced that it has received an investment in its Series A funding round from Lockheed Martin Ventures (LMV), the venture capital arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation.
December 15, 2021
Electra adds 100 new aircraft orders for affordable air mobility service in underserved mid-range markets.
December 14, 2021
Thriving regional air mobility market to rapidly benefit from transformative capabilities of Airflow aircraft that tap existing infrastructure and regulatory frameworks.
November 10, 2021
Electra.aero is honored to announce that Paul G. Kaminski, stealth aircraft pioneer and one of the nation's most distinguished aerospace leaders, has joined its Board of Directors.
November 3, 2021
Author Joann Muller of What's Next at AXIOS highlights the benefits of Electra's eSTOL aircraft, including better efficiency, greater payloads, longer range, and clearer path to certification than eVTOL vertical alternatives.
October 13, 2021
Electra will deliver up to 100 eSTOL aircraft to Skyportz under a preferred partnership deal, providing quiet, climate-friendly air transport for travelers to the Brisbane Olympics and throughout Australia.
October 4, 2021
Flapper and Skyportz Choose Electra's Low-Carbon Electric Aircraft For Flight Services in Latin America and Australia. Purchase Agreements Raise Total Electra Commitments to 180 Aircraft.
August 26, 2021
Electra.aero and Bristow Group Inc., the world's leading global provider of vertical flight solutions to government and civil organizations, announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) and Purchase Agreement under which the two firms will cooperate on the technical development and certification, as well as marketing and future operations of Electra's hybrid-electric short take-off and landing (eSTOL) aircraft, with an expected volume of 50 aircraft.
August 17, 2021
Electra hires Randy Griffith, an experienced certification director, to lead the certification of its' Part-23 eSTOL aircraft and is accepted into the FAA Center for Emerging Concepts and Innovations (CECI) engagement program.
July 27, 2021
Electra teamed with Dr. Alejandra Uranga, Gabilan Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's (USC) Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and was awarded a NASA STTR contract to mature enabling aerodynamic "blown lift" technologies for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft in advanced air mobility applications.
July 19, 2021
In the most recent release of the Advanced Air Mobility Reality Index, Electra and Airflow hit the top 20 list with their eSTOL aircraft. Aviation Week's Graham Warwick and Sergio Cecutta of SMG Consulting discuss the market feasibility of eSTOL and the challenges that lie ahead in this podcast.
June 22, 2021
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has signed a contract with Electra.aero to strengthen advanced air mobility markets through the development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Hybrid-electric systems are poised to transform how the USAF powers the fight of the future through game-changing energy efficiency improvements. They are also a fundamental enabler of sustainable aviation at-scale and commercial advanced air mobility markets — for both vertical and ultra-short takeoff and landing aircraft.
June 8, 2021
Ravn will benefit from lower operating costs, reduced noise signatures, and increased routes with new aircraft using electric propulsion technology.
June 7, 2021
Electra.aero unveils its first commercial product to serve regional air mobility markets. The aircraft is designed to carry up to seven passengers and a pilot as far as 500 miles while operating out of areas shorter than a soccer field, including rooftops and parking lots. Electra's "blown lift" technology — where the electric motor-driven propellers blow air over the entire span of the wing and its flaps — allows safe, energy-efficient takeoff and landings at speeds below 30 mph while cruising at high-speeds of 200 mph.
November 10, 2020
AINonline's Charles Alcock reviews why Dr. John Langford is betting that leading-edge short takeoff and landing performance will prove to be more cost-effective than full VTOL capability as his new start-up company steps up the development of its hybrid-electric STOL aircraft. Read more about Electra's next steps to build a sub-scale model technology demonstrator to conduct flight trials that will be used to evaluate the optimum short-field performance in a range of 100 to 300 feet.
July 14, 2020
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) summer issue of The Bridge features an article authored by Dr. John Langford and Dr. David Hall. The article about Electrified Aircraft Propulsion gives an overview of the challenges and opportunities in aircraft electrification, with lessons learned from decades of development of electric aircraft together, and a look to the future of sustainable aviation enabled by new technologies and new aircraft. The journal is available to read and download online.
May 13, 2020
While many aviation startups are focusing on electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) and urban mobility, Aviation Week's Graham Warwick explores why a small cadre believes extreme short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) and regional services could be easier to certify and more economically viable in the near term. Warwick interviews Electra.aero engineer Chris Courtin about his collaborative work with MIT professors John Hansman and Mark Drela studying SSTOL as an alternative to eVTOL for urban air mobility (UAM).
April 15, 2020
Aviation Week's Graham Warwick interviews John Langford, founder and former CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, about launching a new venture to develop hybrid-electric regional transport aircraft. The new company, called Electra, is planned to launch in the summer of 2020 and will target Langord's perceived gap in the market between small, short-range urban air taxis and large, longer-range regional jets with a family of short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) aircraft.
January 10, 2020
Electra.aero engineer, Chris Courtin, presents "Flight Test Results of a Subscale Super-STOL Aircraft" during the Applications and Aircraft for Transformational Flight session at the 2020 AIAA SciTech forum. Courtin and MIT professors Dr. John Hansman and Dr. Mark Drela use the subscale demonstrator investigate maximum achievable in-flight lift coefficients with the blown wing, as well as the control and handling qualities with a mostly conventional aircraft configuration with unblown control surfaces.
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