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Diamond Aircraft eDA40 makes its maiden flight

Diamond Aircraft has announced that the all-electric eDA40 made its first flight at the company’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt (Austria). The company said “This marks a significant milestone for the manufacturer and all project partners and is a big step towards certifying the aircraft.”

According to the press release “The eDA40, which shall be the first EASA/FAA Part 23 certified electric aircraft, is designed to be an electric circuit trainer powered by an ENGINeUSTM electric smart motor by Safran Electrical & Power and charged by Electric Power Systems’ (EPS) battery module equipped with a Direct Current (DC) fast charging system.

“The maiden flight covered system checks, all basic manoeuvres and initial performance evaluation. The flight went as scheduled and delivering all results requested.”

Bruno Bellanger, Executive Vice President & General Manager of the Power division of Safran Electrical & Power said “We are excited to take part in the eDA40 first flight, along with Diamond Aircraft, as it is the first time our ENGINEUS electric motors and the electrical protection system will 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.”

The eDA40 is scheduled to be presented to the broader public at AERO Friedrichshafen 2024.

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