CAE and Piper Aircraft partner to convert devices to electric planes

CAE and Piper Aircraft team up to convert devices to electric planes


Montreal-based flight simulator maker CAE has teamed up with American light aircraft maker Piper Aircraft to convert devices into electric planes. 

< p>The announcement of this partnership was made Tuesday while the two companies are at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom.

Thus, CAE and Piper Aircraft wish to “develop a conversion kit by a supplemental type certificate (STC) for Piper Archer® aircraft (PA-28-181) in service and to market an electric variant of this aircraft”, explained the Quebec company in a press release.

Specifically, CAE plans to convert two-thirds of the Piper Archer trainer fleet and develop a training program for new pilots.

The two companies hope to develop a device that will reduce emissions of carbon and noise levels in its flight schools around the world, while training future pilots in the use of electric aircraft.

“Piper Aircraft has been a long-time, trusted partner to our flight training operations, and we are very pleased to have them join us in this important step towards the future of sustainable aviation,” said Marc Parent. , President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE.

“The development of this technology is a first for CAE. As an engineering powerhouse and one of the largest operators of Piper Archer® aircraft, CAE is uniquely positioned to make electric flight a reality in our flight schools and beyond,” added Mr. Parent.

For his part, the President and CEO of Piper Aircraft, John Calcagno, estimates that with 28,000 aircraft in service worldwide, “the PA-28 is the ideal platform for programs training programs and professional pilot training programs such as those of CAE”.

It should be noted that the development of the electric conversion kit is part of the Resilience Project within the framework of which CAE is investing $1 billion in innovation over five years in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec.