GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Heart Aerospace in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Honeywell in Phoenix have announced that the two companies would be collaborating to integrate Honeywell flight controls into Heart's ES-30 regional electric plane.
The ES-30 is a regional electric airplane with a 30-passenger standard seating capacity and is driven by electric motors powered by batteries. It will have a fully electric zero-emissions range of 200 kilometers, an extended hybrid range of 400 kilometers with 30 passengers, and flexibility to fly up to 800 kilometers with 25 passengers, all with typical airline reserves. Heart Aerospace has 250 firm orders for the ES-30, with options and purchase rights for an additional 120 planes.
Heart is also working with BAE Systems in Falls Church, Virginia to develop power storage for the ES-30. That collaboration was announced earlier this year.
The ES-30 will also have a scalable upgrade path as future battery technology matures. The battery upgrade roadmap allows for increased usable energy at the same weight, resulting in longer flight durations and expanded route options.
“Our industry-leading solution builds on decades of expertise delivering technologies and systems needed to progress sustainable transportation,” said Ehtisham Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of Controls and Avionics Solutions at BAE Systems. “We are delighted to collaborate with Heart Aerospace on the innovative battery system for its electric airplane.”
Honeywell was selected by Heart Aerospace for the Joint Definition Phase of Heart's ES-30 airplane, and the goal, once the phase has been completed successfully, is to fully integrate Honeywell's compact fly-by-wire system into development for production.
Honeywell's next-generation compact Fly-by-Wire system is in an advanced stage of development on multiple aircraft, and its functions are adaptable to the ES-30, allowing Heart to bring its airplane to market.