The Aerostructures Innovation Research (AIR) Hub’s AIR Pass program is designed to assist startup companies, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, to get their aerospace and aviation ventures in development. AIR Pass provides expert technical, prototyping, and financial assistance for up to six months for successful applicants.
AIR Pass is currently in its third and final round, having previously supported Australian aerospace ventures, including Dovetail Electric Aviation (Dovetail). Dovetail is an Australian startup developing and integrating electric powertrains for small turboprop powered general aviation aircraft. This technology is a key part of the aviation industry’s drive to decarbonise by 2050.
The AIR Pass project’s goal was to develop and demonstrate an aircraft Electric Power System (EPS) and suitable test bed infrastructure. A key deliverable was the installation of the EPS onto the test stand infrastructure and testing of the EPS prior to the 2023 Avalon Airshow, a major commercial and media event in the Australian aerospace industry.
Dovetail’s engineering team working on the EPS test rig as part of the AIR Pass project.
Through the AIR Pass program, AIR Hub experts assisted in the design, manufacture, and delivery of the EPS test rig, in a sprint development of four months leading up to the Avalon Airshow. The EPS and test stand infrastructure were successfully delivered to Dovetail for a commercial demonstration test prior to the Airshow.
“Leveraging our expertise and capabilities on this AIR Pass project to collaborate with Dovetail, a leader in clean aviation development, has been truly impactful in supporting the aviation industry transition to net zero,” said Dr Adriano Di Pietro, Director of the AIR Hub.