Aernova will partner with Heart Aerospace to design the wing, fuselage and empennage of the nineteen passenger, ES-19 electric aircraft.
Heart Aerospace has selected Arennova to co-design the structure for the new ES-19 electric aircraft – an all-electric aircraft designed to carry nineteen passengers on short regional routes. The aircraft will enter into service in 2026.
Aernnova will work together with Heart's engineers in the design of the wing, the fuselage and the empennage.
The design of the ES-19 is based on an aluminium airframe with retractable landing gear, a high wing, a T-shaped empennage and a non-cylindrical fuselage to optimise the cabin interior. It is the first Heart Aerospace's aircraft, a nineteen passenger regional airplane driven entirely by batteries and electric motors. Heart anticipates delivering the first ES-19 for commercial use by 2026. The first-generation aircraft will have a maximum range of up to 400 km (250 miles), using today's lithium-ion batteries. Range will increase as battery energy densities improve.
The core of the ES-19 is the electric propulsion system. In 2020, Heart demonstrated its first iteration of this electric propulsion system, consisting of a 400kW electric motor, an electric motor controller and a battery pack with an integrated BMS system, all with world-leading performance.
The ES-19 will have zero operational emissions, and offer significantly lower operating costs compared to similar sized gas-turbine aircraft. The ES-19 aircraft will also be quieter than its turboprop counterparts, with less vibration and noise. These characteristics make the aircraft ideal for the development of short range regional air travel.
Anders Forslund, founder and CEO of Heart Aerospace, says: "Aernnova has an impressive track record and an outstanding reputation in the industry, and we couldn't be more excited to partnering with them for the ES-19 airframe design. They bring world-leading experience in the design, manufacture and certification of airframes to our project, and we look forward to working with them in designing the plane that will reinvent regional air travel together."
Ricardo Chocarro, CEO of Aernnova, notes: "We are proud to be part of this unique and exciting project with Heart Aerospace where we expect to bring our significant experience and expertise of over 28 years in developing, manufacturing, certifying and maintaining aircraft structures. The development of this new electric aircraft means a big step in aviation and we are delighted to contribute."
Aernnova is fully committed to contributing to a net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050 and to play a leading role towards a net zero aviation industry. Technological Development and Innovation is one of Aernnova's strategic growth vectors to meet this ambitious goal motivated by the need to reduce energy use, emissions, and noise, by adding value to products and services for our clients and ensure a lasting positive impact on our society, economy, and environment.
The ES-19 project forms part of Aernnova's plan to promote new technologies with an impact on sustainable development and this agreement with Heart Aerospace marks a new growth segment for Aernnova into the market for electric and hybrid-electric propulsion aircraft.
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