Ascendance Flight Technologies appoints François Caudron as special adviser


Ascendance Flight Technologies has appointed Airbus’ former senior vice president of marketing, François Caudron as special advisor for business. Caudron will work at the Toulouse-based start-up, alongside the board and management to support commercial development.

Caudron, an aeronautical engineer by training, has been working for more than 20 years at Airbus on the commercial side. He was vice president, Customer & Business Development in 2007, he also represented the A350XWB programme.

Caudron’s experience of aviation market requirements, customer needs and ability to work with OEMs to make aircraft solutions evolve is an invaluable asset for Ascendance Flight Technologies.

Ascendance just received 245 international purchase Letters of Intent for its 5-seat hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft, Atea. This aircraft, scheduled for certification in 2025, is equipped with a modular propulsion system, named Sterna, which has been developed and patented by Ascendance.