Safran Expands its Partnership With Aura Aero for the Hybrid- Electric Propulsion of the ERA Aircraft

Safran Helicopter Engines and AURA AERO have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the motorization project of the ERA aircraft (Electric Regional Aircraft). Both partners will cooperate to evaluate solutions for the integration of the turbo-generators developed by Safran in line with the needs defined for ERA, the 19-seater regional aircraft. This MOU follows a first agreement, signed in April 2022 between AURA AERO and Safran Electrical & Power, which included the electric equipment of this aircraft.

Destined for disruptive propulsive architectures such as AURA AERO’s ERA, a turbo-generator is composed of a gaz turbine combined with one or several electric generators that regulate pressure, as well as an innovative system regulating the power and the electric tension. Safran Helicopter Engines, building on the global expertise of Safran in the field of electric equipment, starting with that of Safran Electrical & Power, has already bench-tested several types of turbo-generators, at different levels of power.

“Becoming a partner of AURA AERO is great news for Safran Helicopter Engines. We share the same will to decarbonize air transport and we are ready to bring them our expertise in hybrid-electric propulsion, developed through many tests”, says Florent Chauvancy, Head of Sales at Safran Helicopter Engines.

Je´re´my Caussade, CEO of AURA AERO, adds: “We are very excited for Safran Helicopters to join us by bringing their expertise and their relevant eye to this project.”

Developed by AURA AERO, ERA is a 19-seater regional aircraft with hybrid-electric propulsion, that should perform its maiden flight in 2026, targeting entry into service in 2028. Letters of Intent have already been signed for several hundred aircraft.

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