During the Paris Air Show Safran Helicopter Engines and AURA AERO 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.
Destined for disruptive propulsive architectures such as AURA AERO’s ERA, a turbo-generator is composed of a gas 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”, said Florent Chauvancy, Head of Sales at Safran Helicopter Engines.
Jérémy Caussade, CEO of AURA AERO, added: “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. It is expected to perform its maiden flight in 2026, targeting entry into service in 2028. Letters of Intent have already been signed for several hundred aircraft.