Safran onboard the maiden flight of the eDA40 all-electric aircraft
On July 20, Diamond Aircraft's all-electric training aircraft, the eDA40, completed its first flight at the company’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt (Austria), powered by a Safran ENGINeUS electric smart motor and with a Safran electrical protection system. A world-first for both Safran equipment on an all-electric aircraft!
Diamond Aircraft’s eDA40 should be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric aircraft. Powered by an ENGINeUSTM electric smart motor by Safran Electrical & Power, the eDA40 is an electric circuit trainer, which is charged by Electric Power Systems’ (EPS) battery module equipped with a Direct Current (DC) fast charging system.
A world-first for Safran’s ENGINeUS on an all-electric aircraft
The maiden flight covered system checks, all basic maneuvers and initial performance evaluation. The flight went as scheduled and delivering all results requested.
“We are extremely proud to announce another significant milestone for our all-electric eDA40. The aircraft performed outstandingly well during its maiden flight and not only met but exceeded all our expectations,” said Liqun (Frank) Zhang, CEO Diamond Aircraft Austria. “We are very much looking forward to offer an exceptional sustainable aircraft for the flight training market of tomorrow.”
Building blocks in Safran’s decarbonization strategy
“We are very excited to take part in the eDA40 first flight, along with Diamond Aircraft, as it is the first time our ENGINEUS electric motors fly on an all-electric aircraft. Participating in the electrification of the DA40, a proven aircraft and a best seller, has been a thrilling technical challenge. We have recently obtained Design Organisation Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for our ENGINeUS 100 electric motor and are currently on the home stretch in obtaining their final certification. This state-of-the-art equipment is one of the essential building blocks in Safran’s decarbonization strategy,” said Bruno Bellanger, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Power division of Safran Electrical & Power.
Nathan Millecam, CEO of Electric Power Systems: “This marks a historic milestone for both Diamond and EP Systems. The flight is the culmination of years of determination, innovation, and hard work. The eDA40 project ushers in a new era of electric propulsion that solves an immediate problem in both an economical and sustainable way. Through unwavering dedication and cutting-edge technology, we are showing the industry how electric propulsion can be implemented in aviation. We extend our deepest gratitude to our visionary customer, dedicated employees, and passionate investors who have made this achievement possible. Their unwavering belief in our mission has fueled our determination to power a more sustainable future.”