Pascal Chretien

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Pascal Chrétien

Pascal Chrétien (born 7 April 1968) is a French-Australian commercial helicopter pilot and engineer with degrees in electronics and aerospace who designed, built and test flew the world’s first crewed electric helicopter the Solution F/Chretien Helicopter on 12 August 2011.[1][2][3][4] The helicopter, built for the French company Solution F,[5] set a Guinness World Record and received the IDTechEx Electric Vehicles Land Sea & Air award.[6][7]

Chrétien has been pioneering electromagnetic transmissions[8] and hybrid propulsion applied to aircraft since 2002[9][10] and holds several patents in the field.[11] Chrétien obtained commercial helicopter pilot licences in Canada and Australia, in 1993 and 1994, respectively. He has aerial work and aircraft testing experience.[12]

World's First manned electric helicopter


  1. ^ First manned electric helicopter flies
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  3. ^ Designer of Electric Helo Reflects on 2011 Flight Tests
  4. ^ "Vertiflite First Electric Helicopter April 2012". Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  5. ^ "1ère Mondiale en Provence : le premier hélicoptère électrique". Archived from the original on 7 December 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ Guinness World Records (2013) First electric helicopter, retrieved 9 May 2013
  7. ^ "Electric Vehicles Land, Sea and Air USA 2012 - Award winners". Electric Vehicles Research. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  8. ^ NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate FY11 Seedling Phase I Technical Seminar; Page 19
  9. ^ Dubois, Thierry. "Electric Helo Designer Pitches Hybrid Powertrain For Future Helo Power | Aviation International News". Retrieved 2013-05-09.
  10. ^ Chretien, Pascal, M.E. (undated), Paving the way to hybrid helicopters, retrieved 9 May 2013
  11. ^ Espacenet (4 April 2017), [1], retrieved 2 April 2017
  12. ^ "Challenges of Aircraft Hybridization". IDTechEx. Retrieved 2013-05-09.