Dufour Aerospace is happy to announce having selected Aerolite AG as main supplier for the lightweight composite structural parts for the nacelles and the tail of the Aero2 aircraft. The parts will be produced by Aerolite at their production facility in Horw, Switzerland.
Weight management and reduction is one of the keys to success in aviation engineering. Aerolite knows what it means to provide solid yet lightweight solutions and has years of experience as a supplier to the aviation industry.
Simon Bendrey, Head of Design of Dufour Aerospace, points out: “Aerolite are an established aerospace manufacturing company, holding DOA and POA for medical services interior assemblies. Applying this experience to their aircraft primary structure prototyping facility will support Dufour with the manufacture and assembly of high quality, light weight, production components for Aero 2. I look forward to working together with Aerolite on this exciting programme.”
For the first phase of the collaboration, Dufour and Aerolite have agreed on the production and delivery of the nacelle and tail structural components for four Aero2 prototype aircraft, with the production of the serial aircraft also being considered.
Roland Hengartner, CEO of Aerolitec, says: “Aerolite is proud to be a strategic supplier to Dufour to produce main eVTOL structural components for Aero2. We are convinced that our team has the necessary skills, experience and innovative spirit in the development and production of lightweight structure and components to support Dufour not only with Aero2, but also in future tasks.”
Aerolite AG Composite – designs and produces innovative main structures for Drones, UAVs, eVTOLs as well as interior equipment for Advanced Air Mobility, Rescue Helicopters, Air Ambulances and Business Aircraft. Not only by consistently applying our unique lightweight construction principles, but also by following our strong sense of innovative functionality to design and deliver OEM and Customer-specific solutions. This vast level of Aerospace experience and capabilities have translated into valuable expertise going forward, which have become outstanding abilities in all phases of the Composite process – which is constantly developing and evolving. We are proud to be a strategic supplier to Dufour to develop, collaborate and produce main eVTOL structural components and subsequently for Emergency Medical Interiors.
About Dufour Aerospace
Dufour Aerospace develops efficient and ecological aircraft for patient and passenger transport, logistics and public safety. Dufour Aerospace’s designs currently under development rely on the tilt-wing principle. They take-off and land vertically in the smallest space like a helicopter but fly as fast and economically as an airplane. While the propellers are electric-driven, hybrid elements (conventional combustion engines or fuel cells) ensure a sufficiently long range. The first product Dufour Aerospace will launch is the Aero2, an uncrewed aerial vehicle specifically designed for the transportation of critical cargo such as medical supplies of up to 40 kilograms/88 pounds in medium to long range distances. The manned Aero3, featuring a spacious cabin with eight seats and large doors, is the next aircraft in development by Dufour Aerospace.