Continental Aerospace Technologies Announces Its Commitment to Advanced Power Technologies with an Investment in Ampaire Inc.
APRIL 10, 2019
Continental Aerospace Technologies™ (Continental®), an AVIC International Holding (HK) LTD (HKEX: 232.HK) company, announced today that it has invested in Ampaire Inc., a technology innovation company developing electric aircraft and electric propulsion system concepts.
The investment includes both cash and various in-kind contributions to Ampaire's efforts to develop new aircraft concepts that reduce aviation's carbon footprint, while increasing functionality, safety, and consumer value.
"We are excited about our partnership with the Ampaire team in its development of advanced electric aircraft concepts," said Rhett Ross, President & CEO of Continental Aerospace Technologies™. "Working with a company free from the strictures of the historic aircraft industry is helping our team tailor our strategy and finalize our products to support the next generation of aircraft."
Continental® has long been an innovator in General Aviation, claiming firsts in the use of turbocharging, Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC), and the successful commercialization of Jet-A fueled piston aircraft engines to name a few. Ampaire's leadership team has a strong background in aerospace and electric vehicles, bringing rare capabilities and vision to the development of new, practical, electric aircraft that use integrated electrical and combustion power system concepts. This collaboration allows both companies to continue to learn while delivering new capabilities to the market.
"Electric aircraft will play an important role in the future of aviation," said Kevin Noertker, Ampaire’s CEO. "Continental® shares this vision, and we are eager to pair our work with its experience and resources to push the industry forward."
With its latest round of financing complete, Ampaire is currently working on completing its initial electric power system design and control methodology. Thereafter, the company will install the system for flight testing in a Cessna® 337 Skymaster aircraft. The aircraft will then complete initial flight testing, including on a real-world commuter flight route in Hawaii. The results of these activities will be used to further refine the power system concept for tighter integration with new airframe designs.
Ampaire is a technology startup based in California. It is a portfolio company of Techstars® and Starburst®, which are recognized as two of the top business and aerospace accelerators in the world. The Ampaire team brings expertise from some of the industry's most innovative companies and institutions including Boeing®, GM®, SpaceX®, Virgin Orbit®, Caltech®, Stanford®, and MIT®.