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VoltAero’s hybrid aircraft completes first flight

Johanna Koyser
12.03.2020
2 minutes

VoltAero, a very young brand in aviation, recently sent its first hybrid aircraft prototype on its maiden flight. Founded in France in 2017, the company is dedicated to the development of hybrid aircraft. Not surprisingly, VoltAero’s founder is Jean Botti, once CTO of the E-Fan of Airbus. In addition, the technical director of the French company is no stranger to this field either: Didier Esteyne, former test pilot of the E-Fan project and the first man to fly across the English Channel in a fully electric powered aircraft. Now, he also entered the cockpit of VoltAero as a test pilot.

The VoltAreo prototype called Cassio 1 is based on a Cessna 337 Skymaster. Equipped with two Safran ENGINeUS 45 electric motors and a thrust propeller with combustion engine, the aircraft took off from Royan-Médin Aerodome. After landing, the test pilot especially praised the electric motors. The low noise level and the absence of vibrations make for a wonderful flying experience. A hybrid drive module is currently being tested on the ground, which will soon replace the currently installed combustion engine. This would eventually result in two fully electric and one hybrid engine in Cassio 1.

In the development of Cassio hybrid aircraft, VoltAero is concentrating on aircraft with four to nine seats. Therefore, they are especially attractive for private persons, but also for air taxis and commercial, regional travel. Of course, we at WingMag are curious to see if we ourselves will soon be able to enjoy being a passenger on board a hybrid aircraft. Finally, we would like to recommend a short video of the test flight, enjoy watching it.

Picture © VoltAero 2020

by Johanna Koyser

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