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February 21, 2024
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The Daher TBM EcoPulse technology demonstrator has successfully completed its first flight using its six electromotors. The aircraft operated a 1 hour 38 minutes flight out of Tarbes on November 29 and did another 19-minute test flight today in hybrid-electric mode. Previous flights were powered by a conventional Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop.

The EcoPulse is a joint project of aircraft makers Daher, Airbus, and engine maker Safran. The project was announced at the  2019 Paris Airshow and aims to demonstrate hybrid-electric propulsion systems on a small airplane. Lessons learned can be applied to larger-scale aircraft projects. EcoPulse is supported by the French regulatory agency DGAC and the Civil Aviation Research Council CORAC.


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