PLANA, a prominent developer of hybrid advanced air mobility (AAM) eVTOL solutions, has announced a significant milestone in its mission to revolutionize the aviation industry. The company has entered into a strategic partnership with Gloria Aviation, a leading aviation education and maintenance institution. The collaboration, marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), aims to promote joint business development and cultivate talent within the AAM sector.
The MOU signing ceremony took place at PLANA’s state-of-the-art R&D center in Icheon, South Korea, and was attended by key representatives from both organizations, including Jinmo Lee, Chief Product Officer of PLANA, and Dae-hyun Shin, CEO of Gloria Aviation.
Gloria Aviation holds the distinction of being the first aviation-specialized school in Korea. With its extensive experience and expertise in aviation education, research, pilot training, and aircraft maintenance, Gloria Aviation has earned a reputation for excellence in the industry.
Maintenance and repair play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and reliable operation of aircraft. It requires a combination of meticulous data analysis, comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems, and proficient maintenance skills. PLANA and Gloria Aviation, each renowned for their expertise in their respective fields, intend to collaborate closely to contribute to the advancement of the domestic AAM industry. This partnership will involve the sharing of manpower and technology necessary for the development and operation of AAM aircraft.
Under the agreement, PLANA and Gloria Aviation will establish an education program tailored to AAM aviation workers, set qualification standards, and conduct research and development on maintenance and operation methods for AAM aircraft. Additionally, they will collaborate on defining Air Operator Certificate (AOC) standards for AAM operations. The AOC serves as a comprehensive verification system, assessing an aviation entity’s personnel, facilities, equipment, and maintenance support systems to ensure safe flight operations.
Both PLANA and Gloria Aviation emphasize the significance of this collaboration. By combining the expertise of an aircraft developer and an MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) and education institution, they aim to elevate the competitiveness of the AAM aviation industry to new heights.
Dae-hyun Shin, CEO of Gloria Aviation, highlighted the importance of electric aircraft in the aviation industry’s technological transformation. Drawing parallels with the rise of electric vehicles, Shin expressed confidence that PLANA’s hybrid aircraft would play a vital role in stabilizing the transition to pure electric power, ultimately making electric aircraft accessible to the general public.
Jinmo Lee, CPO of PLANA, underscored the partnership’s significance in terms of training skilled professionals and fostering technological advancements. Lee affirmed PLANA’s commitment to contributing to the growth and activation of the AAM market, aiming to establish a competitive AAM ecosystem both domestically and internationally.
About Gloria Aviation: Gloria Aviation is a renowned global aviation company dedicated to enhancing aviation safety and operational efficiency. With its range of businesses, including the prestigious Korea Aviation College and Gloria Flight Academy, the company excels in training aviation professionals. Gloria Aviation’s diverse services span MRO operations, forest fire suppression, VIP transport helicopter rentals, Doctor Helicopter HEMS, UAM infrastructure support, Cessna authorized service center operations, and the management of GARMIN Asia center.
About PLANA: PLANA is a pioneering developer of hybrid-based AAM eVTOL aircraft. Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), encompassing Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Regional Air Mobility (RAM), is an emerging mode of transportation designed to connect areas underserved by traditional air services. PLANA’s cutting-edge aircraft significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 80% compared to conventional helicopters. With a range of 500 kilometers and a capacity to accommodate a pilot and up to six passengers, PLANA is currently conducting rigorous testing and validation of its scaled-down aircraft. The company’s expansion includes the recent establishment of two offices in the United States, with ongoing efforts toward FAA certification and the continual expansion of its global ecosystem.