In summary

  • Swinburne’s first Founder in Residence Rachael Barritt will be at Avalon International Air Show  

  • Dovetail Electric Aviation will exhibit an amphibian Cessna C-208 fitted with battery pods and small-scale Electric Propulsion System (EPS) to spin a three-blade propeller 

  • Swinburne AIR Hub was instrumental in helping Barritt create zero emissions aviation 

Speaking at the Innovation Pitchfest and exhibiting an amphibian Cessna C-208 fitted with battery pods are just some of the things Swinburne University of Technology’s first Founder In Residence will be doing at this year’s Avalon International Air Show.

As Swinburne’s inaugural Founder In Residence, Dovetail Electric Aviation Business Operations Manager Rachael Barritt is working alongside Swinburne's top researchers to develop new ideas and ventures that can have a real-world impact in aviation and aerospace.

Supporting future aerospace trailblazers 

Swinburne’s AIR Hub was instrumental in helping Barritt create a zero emissions working prototype at Dovetail Electric Aviation. The support from the program has allowed Barritt and the Dovetail team to successfully build an Electric Propulsion System (EPS) to spin a three-blade propeller. The initial results of the EPS will be showcased at the 2023 Avalon International Air Show, along with components of the technology.

Rachael Barritt says the prototype is emblematic of the significant contribution the company is making into the development of Australia's aviation industry and its alignment with the country's emissions reduction targets.

"I’m thrilled that Dovetail Electric Aviation has been selected to pitch at the Avalon 2023 Innovation Pitchfest. It is a testament to their innovative approach to aviation and the industry’s commitment to sustainable technology."

Dovetail Electric Aviation's Iron Bird

Dovetail Electric Aviation ground testing the Iron Bird with an aircraft propeller

Dovetail’s innovative strategy was to integrate as many off-the-shelf components as possible in the development of the prototype. The strategy is paying off, as Dovetail continues to quickly break through technical milestones.  

The Founder in Residence initiative is designed to bring experienced entrepreneurs into Swinburne to supercharge commercialisation pathways, supported by Swinburne’s world-leading facilities, capabilities and research. 

Barrit says she is excited to be working at the forefront of aerospace technology. 

“This program represents the future of innovation. Working with leading experts from industry and academia, we will help translate cutting-edge research into sustainable, real-world solutions for the aviation industry.”

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