ABOVE: The all-electric E variant will be available in either nosewheel or tailwheel configuration

Aura Aero, designer and developer of the Integral family of two-seat trainers, has successfully ‘powered-on’ the prototype all-electric Integral E. The aircraft is expected to commence its flight test campaign in a matter of weeks.

The Integral will be available in three variants: the taildragger R (which first flew in 2020) and the tricycle-gear S (which made its maiden flight in 2023). The all-electric E was unveiled at the 2023 Paris Air Show and its ‘power-on’ event represents a ‘major industrial milestone,’ explains its French manufacturer.

“The first power-on of Integral E represents a very intense moment in the history of Aura Aero, a history which we are writing each day, with our teams and with the support of all those who are alongside us,” explained Jérémy Caussade, President and co-founder of Aura Aero. Thanking the Occitanie Region, the BPI (French public investment bank) and Innovacom as well as other ‘friends and investors,’ Caussade also confirmed that the company will be starting a second fund-raising campaign “in order to accelerate the adventure”.

The certification of the conventionally-powered variants is anticipated later this year, following which the first customer deliveries will commence. Certification of the electric range is scheduled to be completed by 2026. A tow variant of the Integral E will also be developed in partnership with the French Gliding Federation (FFVP).

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