Ampaire agrees deal to acquire Magpie Aviation

Magpie Aviation

Ampaire has acquired Magpie Aviation, the startup developing automated towing technology for electric aviation.

The addition of Magpie’s technology will enable Ampaire to continue “leading the charge” in the electrification of aviation, it said. The acquisition will also broaden Ampaire’s intellectual property (IP) and contract portfolio due to Magpie’s multiple pending patents and government contracts.

Kevin Noertker, CEO of Ampaire said: “With this acquisition, Ampaire anticipates further revenue growth across both commercial and defense sectors while simultaneously enhancing the capabilities and mission scope of our existing hybrid aircraft. Building upon our recent acquisition of Talyn Air, the addition of Magpie exemplifies our deliberate approach to integrating pivotal companies and assets on our path to accelerate our leadership in electrified aviation. 

“Expect more compelling advancements throughout the year as Ampaire remains steadfast in our commitment to advancing our growth strategy,” he added.

The acquisition also expands the applications for Ampaire’s hybrid-electric propulsion systems. Ampaire’s systems have flown over 25,000 miles to date, the most hybrid electric flight time in the industry, it claims.

Damon Vander Lind, CEO of Magpie added: “We founded Magpie because we believe electrified aircraft have a pivotal role to play in the future of aviation. I am thrilled to see this vision continuing to move forward under Ampaire’s banner. Not only does this lift the prospects of civilian electric aircraft and meaningful emission reductions in the future, it also helps Ampaire to serve military customers with their needs, right now.”

Silicon Valley-based Magpie demonstrated the world’s first automated towing connections between two flying aircraft, last year. The startup has also secured strategically important government contracts, including with the US Air Force, which Ampaire will continue.