Dufour Aerospace and V-STAR Powered Lift Aviation announce partnership

July 12, 2022

Zurich/Adelaide, July 12, 2022: Dufour Aerospace and V-STAR Powered Lift Aviation have entered a partnership that will give the Australian venture early access to Dufour’s unmanned and manned tilt-wing aircraft.

V-STAR Powered Lift Aviation is a newly founded venture of three South Australian businessmen with significant experience in defence, commercial and search and rescue operations around the globe. They have a strong belief in the future of VTOL aircraft for domestic applications and have merged two leading South Australia aviation businesses to realise the unique opportunity in this embryonic market and in turn revolutionise air travel in Australia.

As V-STAR Chief Executive Officer and Founder Tony Laws said, "These new aircraft designs will change the way we approach regional travel and transport in Australia. Anywhere we need to get people and equipment quickly and cheaply is where these aeroplanes come in".

In an Australian first, V-STAR enters a partnership with Swiss company Dufour Aerospace, which will give the new venture early access to these "next-generation aircraft".

Dufour is among the world leading companies in aircraft electric propulsion systems having applied their hybrid-electric power systems to tilt-wing aircraft designs.

Dufour’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pfammatter said, "We are very much looking forward to exploring the many opportunities for deploying unmanned and manned tilt-wing aircraft in Australia. The formation of V-STAR Powered Lift Aviation marks an important milestone in this journey. We are proud to be working with such an experienced team to move sustainable aviation forward."

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