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AURA AERO and Thales to develop new avionics for electric/hybrid aircraft

AURA AERO and Thales have agreed to jointly develop a new generation connected avionics solution, adapted to electric and hybrid regional aviation.

AURA AERO, initiator of the ERA (Electric Regional Aircraft) project, a European 19-seater hybrid-electric propulsion regional transport aircraft, and Thales have decided to work together on the development of a global avionics suite specifically adapted for ERA, including a cockpit solution, a secure land-air connectivity solution and a digital platform.

“The level of innovation introduced by these new aircraft is not only about their new propulsion modes. It is part of an overall logic that has already been adopted by other industries like the automotive industry, aimed at taking advantage of a greater balance between material, software, connectivity and services,” says a joint press release. “This approach will help adapt the operations of these new aircraft to their environment through all their lifecycle, by maintaining their operational capacity at the highest.

“Tomorrow’s connected avionics are a strong contributor to the reduction of the environmental footprint, offering in particular hybridation management and real-time trajectory optimization. They will also make viable a new operational mode, where regional aircraft, that can be operated by a single pilot, will perform point to point flights towards secondary airports.”

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