A taste of Quebec in Heart Aerospace’s electric aircraft

The weight of the batteries is the main obstacle to the large-scale deployment of electric aircraft. To offer a slimming diet to the cabin of its aircraft, Heart Aerospace turned to expertise from Quebec.

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Julian Arsenal

Julian Arsenal
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Without much excitement, the MSB Group has been making contact with the Swedish start-up for around two years. It was the subsidiary of the French group Sogeclair that was chosen to supply the parts for the cabin.

“Every book counts,” explains Billy Darveau, director of engineering at MSB, in a telephone interview. An extra pound on the plane means a pound less for a passenger or luggage. It’s critical. »

The company had a double mission to meet Heat Aerospace’s needs: find solutions to lighten the cabin without “going too far” and delaying the program, Mr. Darveau points out.

“You have to be careful not to apply too much pressure because production has to start quickly,” he says. We have therefore chosen certain materials over others. Thermoplastic materials can be mentioned as an example. »

In Quebec, the MSB Group is already doing business with major customers such as Bombardier and Airbus. Even if the Swedish start-up is not its biggest customer, the ES-30 aircraft project has a special character, says Mr. Darveau.


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Billy Darveau, Technical Director of the MSB Group

“As a company, it’s rare to be involved in the creation of a new aircraft program,” he says. What Heart Aerospace liked about MSB is that we are used to working with big players while remaining flexible. We can turn on a dime. »

The workload within the Sogeclair subsidiary is expected to increase in the coming months. Even though the ES-30 prototype hasn’t completed test flights yet, the parts should be ready. There is still engineering work to be done.

Although the assembly line will be located in Sweden, the MSB Group’s Montreal facilities will benefit from the economic spin-offs of the contract. All parts are manufactured at the company’s Quebec facilities, assures Mr. Darveau.

“We’re going to send them a kit to install there in the cabin,” he said.

The latter sees the agreement with Heart Aerospace as a calling card with other promoters of electric aircraft. When it comes time to “design electric aircraft interiors, we will be one step ahead of the rest,” believes Mr. Darveau.

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