VoltAero is taking electric aircraft to an entirely new level

By Volt Aero

12.09.2021



Benefitting from 50-plus years of combined pioneering expertise, VoltAero is developing a truly unique general aviation airplane with hybrid-electric propulsion for safe, quiet, efficient and eco-friendly flight.

VoltAero's proprietary Cassio design is based on a sleek, aerodynamically-optimized fuselage, a forward fixed canard and an aft-set wing with twin booms that support a high-set horizontal tail.



Seating from four to 10 persons, Cassio will have a flight duration of at least 3.5 hours - providing a highly-capable and reliable general aviation platform for private owners, air taxi/charter companies, commercial flights for point-to-point regional travel and for use in other utility-category (cargo, postal delivery, Medevac) applications.

It will be certified to Europe's EASA CS23 certification specification as a single-engine, general aviation category aircraft and is designed from the start for a low cost of ownership.



Cassio will be offered in three versions, each sharing a high degree of modularity and commonality:

Cassio 330, a four-seat configuration with propulsion from a combined hybrid-electric power of 330 kilowatts;

Cassio 480, configured with six seats and a hybrid-electric propulsion power of 480 kilowatts; Cassio 600, with a 10-seat capacity and hybrid-electric propulsion power of 600 kilowatts.

The VoltAero flight demonstrator, the Cassio 1 aircraft, is validating Cassio's powertrain configuration, de-risking it for airworthiness certification.

Initial deliveries are targeted for 2023, beginning with the four-seat Cassio 330 version.

Cassio aircraft will be produced at a purpose-built final assembly line in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of southwest France, with VoltAero leading a world-class team of partners and suppliers. Licensed production opportunities will be pursued in North America and Asia.

At full rate, VoltAero anticipates producing approximately 150 aircraft annually.



Performance
Autonomy: 3.5 hours (extension possible to 5 hours)
Range: 800 miles
Cruise speed: 200 knots
Take-off/landing distance: less than 1,800 feet
Maximum take-off weight: Under 2.5 metric tons (EASA CS23 certification)
Availability: 10 hours/day (equivalent to approximately eight rotations daily)

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