Solution F

  • Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

    Solution F

    Solution F
    Solution F
    Venelles, France
    www.solutionf.fr

    In late 2009, Eric Chantriaux, the managing director of Solution F, a French-based company, and Pascal Chretien decided to design, build and fly the world’s first fully electric powered helicopter. The deadline was aggressive: 6 months from concept to prototype. Design work started in August 2010; all development was conducted in Venelles, France.

    On 4 August 2011, the...

  • Video frame of the first free flight hover test (the appearance of four blades per rotor is an artifact of the video capture).

    From Concept to Prototype in 180 Days

    From Concept to Prototype in 180 Days

    By Pascal Chretien

    Vertiflite March/April 2012

    The Project

    The advent of high power density batteries has prompted the emergence of highly efficient electric powertrains now flying on light fixed-wing aircraft. Rotary-wing aircraft, with one of the highest power...