AFI KLM E&M and Ampaire have signed a memorandum of understanding to use AFI KLM E&M’s global resources for the deployment and global support of electrified aircraft. The two companies aim to accelerate the adoption of sustainable aviation by leveraging their respective core competencies. The MoU covers a wide range of common interests, from aircraft development, maintenance training and support to data analysis.
Ampaire, a leading provider of electric aircraft, is in the process of certifying the nine-seat hybrid-electric Eco Caravan, with the service scheduled to launch in 2024. The company intends to expand its product line to include larger hybrid-electric aircraft and eventually all-electric aircraft as this technology becomes technically and economically feasible.
As part of the MOU, the companies plan to develop training for a global network of ground engineers, install Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) upgrades and potential bundling of components, and analyze operational data to ensure optimal support. This foundational work can be expanded to collaborate in support of a 19-passenger aircraft.
Kevin Noertker, Founder and CEO of Ampaire, stated, “Ampaire and AFI KLM E&M will work together to explore maintenance support for groundbreaking low-emission aircraft globally. AFI KLM E&M’s powerful global network and strong expertise will give operators everywhere high technical confidence in new propulsion systems. These systems will also offer optimized maintenance costs compared to traditional turbines.”
In the constant search for innovations and state-of-the-art solutions, the goal is to make AFI KLM E&M the preferred partner for the development of electric aircraft maintenance training. This can include the use of modern solutions such as augmented reality and virtual reality. The companies also plan to collaborate on STC installations of Ampaire’s hybrid-electric upgrades through the airline’s global MRO network.
Ton Dortmans, EVP KLM Engineering & Maintenance, said: “This MOU predicts a future of expanded new aviation capabilities that come with lower emissions. We chose to work with Ampaire because their approach is both visionary and highly methodical and practical, which means that these beneficial technologies can be introduced in the very near future.”