Airtificial provides actuator control unit to Eviation for all-electric commuter aircraft
Sevilla, Spain – 28th October 2022 – Airtificial, a multi-technological company with a wide background in the aerospace industry, including development of composite structures and safety-critical airborne electronic systems, today announced it provided DACAS actuator control system for Eviation Aircraft’s historic first flight of its zero-emission Alice technical demonstrator aircraft. The pioneering first flight of Eviation’s all-electric Alice aircraft lifted off on September 27, 2022 at 7:10 a.m. from Grant County International Airport (MWH), flying for eight minutes at 3,500 feet.
All-electric aircraft like Alice will make regional travel more economically and environmentally sustainable for businesses and consumers. All-electric aircraft have the power to transform communities by providing access to airports not currently used by commercial flights due to noise concerns or restricted operating hours. Eviation’s Alice is targeted at commuter and cargo markets and will typically operate flights ranging from 150 miles to 250 miles.
The Digital to Analog Converter Actuator Control System (DACAS) allows the Flight Control Computer (FCC) to control the electromechanical surface actuators in the aircraft. The DACAS system receives the command from the FCC, process and convert command and perform the control loop that guarantee the flight control surfaces are in the right position. Due to the functionality of this system this is a safety critical component and therefore, it is a DAL (Design Assurance Level) A equipment, the maximum level of criticality in an aircraft.
This is a relevant milestone for Eviation and for Airtificial, who strengthens its position in the development of highly technological electronics solutions for airborne application for military and commercial aircrafts with a strong expertise in the development of flight control sticks, electronic control unit and other safety critical electronic devices.
This contract positions Airtificial’s Aerospace & Defence division as one of the main Spanish companies that provides solutions to military and commercial aircrafts. María López del Rosario, head of Airtificial’s Aerospace division, considers that the many positive impacts that all-electric aircrafts have shown the “huge potential of this sector” and highlights that “Airtificial wants to be a key supplier of this growing industry”.
Airtificial offers global and innovative design and manufacturing solutions for the automotive, aeronautics, infrastructure, and other industrial sectors, integrating advanced technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence that together with human interaction contribute to a more sustainable development. Listed on the Spanish stock exchange, it has an operational presence in fourteen countries in the main markets of Europe, America, and Asia; and contributes to the digital transformation and the automation and optimization of its customers’ processes in the industrial field through sustainable and competitive growth.
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