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Dovetail Electric Aviation Takes Flight After Winning Multi-Million Dollar Grant For Electric Aircraft

January 18, 2023

Dovetail Electric Aviation has been awarded a prestigious research grant by the Federal Government to support the development of technology enabling the conversion of turbine-powered aircraft to electric, emission-free propulsion.

The Minister for Industry and Science, Ed Husic said Dovetail Electric Aviation is a great example of the high-value collaborative and industry-led research projects being supported under the CRC-P program.

“Electric aviation has the potential to be a game-changer for regional transport as Australia pushes to meet our emissions targets,” Minister Husic said.

“This is a testament to the company’s dedication in driving innovation in the electric aviation industry and demonstrates the Australian government’s commitment to this burgeoning aviation sector, Dovetails Chief Executive Officer, David Doral said.”

The pioneering electric aviation start-up is one of 19 receipts to receive funding under the Industry and Science Department’s Co-operative Research Centre Project Grant program.

“We are honoured to be selected as one of the recipients of this highly competitive grant. This funding will allow us to continue to push the boundaries of electric aviation and bring our vision of a more sustainable future for the industry closer to reality.”

The grant will enable Dovetail Electric Aviation to continue pioneering the effort in the development of electric aircraft, helping to reduce emissions and improve the sustainability of the regional aviation industry.

The grant is an industry-led research collaboration project working with UNSW and CSIRO as well as industry partners, Sydney Seaplanes and Memko, to develop, flight test, and certify the conversion to electric propulsion of a turboprop plane to provide regional commuter services.

Rachael Barritt, Business Operations Executive, Asia Pacific at Dovetail Electric Aviation provided “Working with both research and industry on this electric aviation project is an incredible opportunity for Dovetail Electric Aviation. Being at the forefront of this transformative technology in Australia is a privilege. We are thrilled to be a part of this historic moment for the Australian aviation industry.”

Regional airports keep remote communities connected to the capital cities. Rex Airlines believes the conversion of small aircraft to nil-emissions electric propulsion will reduce operating costs by 40 per cent. make regional travel more affordable, and open new regional routes which were not previously economically viable.


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