Electric aircraft company Eviation announced last week that it is forming a research and development partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Through the partnership, fourth year undergraduate engineering students will collaborate with Eviation on zero-emission all-electric aircraft solutions. According to Eviation, the university program will focus on performance analysis, validation and testing, future electric propulsion and airframe design concepts. It will also include work on Eviation’s all-electric Alice Aircraft, a nine-passenger regional commuter designed to travel up to 650 miles at a cruise speed of 240 knots.
“Embry-Riddle is at the forefront of aviation innovation and we are excited to partner with Eviation Aircraft and deliver on our commitment to exposing students to groundbreaking technology,” said Embry-Riddle Chancellor Frank Ayers. “By including Embry-Riddle engineers and students in the R&D pool, Eviation and the Alice Aircraft will take advantage of the exposure and knowledge from our best and brightest engineers.”
The university program is scheduled to launch at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Arizona, campus next spring. Eviation plans to debut the Alice Aircraft at the 53rd Paris Air Show, which will take place in June 2019. The Israel-based company announced last August that it had chosen Prescott as the location of its U.S. corporate headquarters.