Be first, Fly hybrid, Fly with us

We design and build the future of 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.

E-FAN was one of the world’s first electric aircraft program that achieved the historic first Channel crossing by an electric plane in July 2015.

Ascendance is now working on opening the sky to aerial mobility. Ascendance's four cofounders below have surrounded themselves with an international, diverse, dynamic and talented team of 10 people and still growing to tackle this challenge.

Jean-Christophe Lambert


Jean-Christophe Lambert

  • Former project manager, EFan 1.1, 2.0
  • Achieved historical channel crossing with E-FAN 1.1
  • Several management positions at Airbus
  • Several Airbus Leadership programmes
  • UTC, HEC/Supaero

Benoit Ferran


Benoit Ferran

  • 7 years experience in hybrid and electric aviation
  • Broad skillset with overall aircraft design, battery pack design, flight testing and acoustics
  • Co-inventor of 9 patents
  • Supaero

Thibault Baldivia

Head of Operations

Thibault Baldivia

Head of Operations
  • Aeronautics and business development engineer
  • 4 years experience in hybrid and electric aviation
  • EFan 2.0 System architect and ECU development lead
  • Centrale Lyon, Université Lyon 1

Clément Dinel

Head of Propulsion

Clément Dinel

Head of Propulsion
  • Electrical Engineering and Aerospace engineer
  • 3 years experience in hybrid and electric aviation
  • EFan 2.0 powertrain modelling engineer
  • CentraleSupelec, University College London

Our advisory board

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Agnès Paillard

Political Affairs

  • Chairman, French National Institute of Intellectual Property
  • EIT Board member
  • Former president, Aerospace Valley Innovation center
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Alain Cassier

Aircraft architecture

  • 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

Aircraft prototyping

  • Lead Systems Engineer, Advanced Programs, Northrop Grumman
  • Former Electric Propulsion Lead, Aurora Flight Sciences
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Elie Hervy

Piloting and flight operations

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

Business dev. & Sales

  • Strategic advisor
  • Industrial and defence advisor
  • French Air force Colonel
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Denis Chapuis

System integration

  • 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

Industrial development

  • 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

What We Do

Introducing Atea.

Low noise.
Low operational costs.
Long range.
Low emissions.
A hybrid propulsion VTOL aircraft.

Our first product, a cutting-edge vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) 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 reshape air mobility.

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What we are up to

We are busy making our goals a reality.
Keep up with us to stay informed.

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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
Hybrid-Electric propulsion architect Technical Toulouse
Head of Airframe & System integration Technical Toulouse
Senior expert in VTOL aerodynamics Technical Toulouse

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 take off towards a new aviation

Where To Find Us

31 Allées Jules Guesde
31000, Toulouse

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