ABOVE: EASA and FAA certification processes are currently underway for the Integral family 

French manufacturer of the Integral series of aircraft Aura Aero has announced a collaboration with Societe Generale Equipment Finance, the international subsidiary of the Société Générale group, to offer aircraft financing options.

The clean-sheet, aerobatically-capable, two-seater Integral family of aircraft will be available in three variants: conventionally powered nosewheel, tailwheel, or an electric version available in either configuration. Aura Aero became a certified aircraft manufacturer in October 2023 following receipt of EASA Part 21J approval, and EASA and FAA certification is expected from 2024.

In order to facilitate access to the Integral family, SGEF plans to offer buyers financing ‘at attractive interest rates’. Depending on the buyer’s credit rating, terms ‘can also extend beyond the seven-year period that is customary in the light aircraft sector today,’ explains the manufacturer.

Describing SGEF as a partner with “exceptional experience in general aviation projects,” Drew McEwen, Chief Commercial Officer of Aura Aero, added: “With this collaboration, we are making it easier for pilot schools and aviation clubs to decide in favor of Integral”. SGEF notes on its website that it has ‘strong experience in financing transport assets,’ including the aviation sector.