PLANA and DUC Hélices Propellers Announce Partnership for Hybrid eVTOL Propellers

Hybrid eVTOL developer PLANA and French carbon composite propeller and rotor manufacturer DUC Hélices Propellers are collaborating on innovative propulsion solutions for advanced air mobility.

PLANA and DUC Hélices Propellers announced a partnership to design and produce high-performance, low-noise, and efficient propulsion systems for PLANA’s CP-01 aircraft. The goal of the partnership is to integrate the expertise of both companies in the development of AAM aircraft. The two companies will collaborate over the entire process of propeller design, production, test and certification.

Most recently, DUC Hélices Propellers has been in the news for signing a deal to provide their products to Eve, a VTOL developer listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Headquartered in France with a presence in the U.S., DUC Hélices Propellers has more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the analysis, design, development, manufacture and maintenance of propellers, rotors, fans and other carbon composite aviation accessories, with experience gained through several aviation programs.

This marks the second partnership announced by PLANA at the Paris Air Show. PLANA CEO Braden J. Kim and DUC Hélices Propellers CEO Duqueine Vincent formally marked their collaboration partnership in a signing ceremony at the Paris Air Show.

“Propulsion is crucial to the success of advanced air mobility,” said Braden J. Kim, CEO of PLANA. “We are pleased to partner with leading suppliers like DUC Hélices Propellers to create innovative solutions. I expect this partnership to accelerate the flight of the aircraft we are developing.”

“We are delighted to collaborate with PLANA and support the development of this all-new HeVTOL,” said Duqueine Vincent, CEO of DUC Hélices Propellers. “PLANA’s HeVTOL can play a key role in the transition to zero-emissions flight. We are honored to be collaborating on this platform in alignment with our mission to be the most trusted and sustainable partner in the sky. DUC Hélices Propellers is proud to bring its wealth of experience in design and high-rate manufacturing to this project, along with key technological innovations and expertise.”

About DUC Hélices Propellers

In the last 26 years, DUC Hélices Propellers is specialized in the Design and Manufacturing of carbon fibers propellers and rotors. The company forged a strong reputation in the aviation industry thanks to the high innovative technology and quality of their products. Its dual expertise in aerodynamics and composite materials can provide efficient propellers, quiet and robust.

About PLANA

PLANA is a hybrid-based AAM eVTOL developer. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), a concept that encompasses both Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM), is gaining traction as a new mode of transportation to connect areas not served by traditional air services. We are developing an aircraft that reduces carbon dioxide emissions by more than 80% compared to conventional helicopters. With a range of 500 kilometers, and a payload to fit a pilot and up to six passengers. PLANA is currently testing and validating a scaled-down aircraft. The company recently opened two offices in the USA and is working on the FAA certification while expanding its global ecosystem.

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