Be first, Fly hybrid, Fly with us

We design and build the future of urban and suburban air mobility leveraging our unique & patented hybrid VTOL technology.

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Who We Are

Meet the team.

Ascendance has been co-founded by four former members of the E-FAN team from Airbus.

We were at the heart of one of the world's first electric aircraft program and achieved the historic first Channel crossing by an electric plane in July 2015. Relive the experience here. E-FAN was the first stepping stone to a more electric future aviation. This endeavour pooled together experiences from diverse backgrounds to design a prototype that flew in 2015 and a subsequent serial product that tackled much different concerns and constraints linked to commercialisation, industrialisation and certification.

Strong of this experience in innovative hybrid and electric aircrafts, Ascendance is now working on opening the sky to the urban and suburban aerial mobility.


Jean-Christophe Lambert

French national, holds a Master of Engineering in Computer Sciences from UTC, Compiègne and a Master in Business from HEC/ISAE Supaero. Selected in several of Airbus’ Leadership programmes, he has nine years of experience at Airbus in aerospace and defence sector. He held various business and management position in the group ranging from team leader to chief of staff. One of its biggest achievement is the completion of the historic “Cross the Channel” mission for E-FAN 1.1 as project manager. Jean-Christophe is also a private pilot (student).


Benoit Ferran

French national, holds a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics from ISAE Supaero. He has six years of experience in electric and hybrid aviation in ACS Aviation in Brazil, then Zodiac Aerospace and Airbus Group Innovations on the E-FAN project. Benoit is co-inventor of nine patents in this field and has multiple experiences and skills in battery pack design, propeller aero-acoustics, flight testing and overall aircraft design.


Thibault Baldivia
Head of Operations

French national, holds a M. Eng. in Aeronautics and Business Development from Ecole Centrale de Lyon and a M. Sc. in Thermics and Energy from Université Claude Bernard - Lyon 1 in which he graduated with Honours. He has four years of experience in electrical and hybrid aviation at Airbus Group where he worked on several research projects in this field and on the E-FAN project where he was the team System Architect and in charge of the main Electronic Control Unit development. Thibault is co-inventor of three patents in electrical and hybrid aviation.


Clément Dinel
Head of Propulsion

French national, holds a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from CentraleSupelec and a MSc in Space Science and Engineering with First Class Honours from UCL, London. He has three years of experience in electrical aviation on the E-FAN project where he built a fully functional numerical model to forecast the performances of the powertrain. Clément is co-inventor on four patents in this field. He also has experience as a System Engineer on an embedded system at Dassault Aviation on the Rafale Export fighter.

Our sponsors

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Agnès Paillard
Chairman, French National Institute of Intellectual Property
EIT Board member
Former president, Aerospace Valley Innovation center

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Alain Cassier
Chief Engineer, Flying Whales
Former Airbus Helicopter Technical director and Tigre Chief Engineer
Former A350-1000 Program director

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Jean-Marie Bourven
Lead Systems Engineer, Advanced Programs, Northrop Grumman
Former Electric Propulsion Lead, Aurora Flight Sciences

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Elie Hervy
Helicopter manufacturer strategy expert : business, operations, training & safety
Customer Flight Ops Support at Airbus Helicopter
Former ATPL Helicopter pilot at Aero Supply Intl, Heli Union and French Navy

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Vincent Baudouin
Strategic advisor
Industrial and defence advisor
French Air force Colonel

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Denis Chapuis
Former R&D department head (chassis systems, electronics, alternative propulsion), PSA
Former Nuclear submarine captain in the French Navy

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Olivier Siri
Program director, Flying Whales
Former CEO of Voltair, Airbus subsidiary dedicated to Electric aircrafts

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Pierre Duval
Vice-president of Aéro Club de France, Head of the Regulation, Safety & Environment Comission
President of the Environmental comission at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

Awards Received
Cumulative years of experience
in electric aviation
Flight hours on an electric aircraft

What We Do

Low noise. Low operational costs.
A hybrid propulsion VTOL

Our first product, a cutting-edge vertical take-off and landing aircraft will offer best in class safety and performances based on our unique and patented hybrid propulsion system.

Our aircraft will blend into existing infrastructures, with low noise signature and low operational costs to make urban air mobility a reality without having to revolutionize the urban landscape.

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Join us

We're looking for great talent.

At Ascendance we are looking for the best people to join us on this tremendous adventure. If you're driven, passionnate and want to have an impact on an ambitious industrial adventure, apply to the offers below:

Open positions

Position Department Location
Head of VTOL testing Engineering France
Engineer in rotor aerodynamics Engineering France
Expert in electrical architectures Engineering France
Senior expert in aircraft structures Engineering France
Senior expert in electrical machines Engineering France
Systems engineer: avionics Engineering France

If you do not find a suitable open position for you, do not hesitate to tell us about your profile and objectives at:


Contact Us

Get in touch and let's make urban air mobility a reality together.

Where To Find Us

96bis Boulevard Raspail
75006, Paris

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