Swatch subsidiary Hamilton has partnered with Hangar 55, a company founded by Air Zermatt pilot Thomas Pfammatter and aerobatic paragliding champion Dominique Steffen. The first public flight took place on Wednesday 21st of September in Raron, Switzerland with Hamilton's brand ambassador Nicolas Ivanoff who shared his knowledge on aerobatics, aviation and pilot watches.
Selecting the best components currently available, the project partners teamed up to build the first Swiss electric plane capable of performing an aerobatic program. The Silence Aircraft Twister, combining excellent aerodynamics with low weight, is associated with Siemens' most efficient electric engine to develop a fuel-free and CO2 neutral aerobatic airplane.
In addition, the direct operating cost is about a fifth of a regular modern aerobatic plane, making it also an affordable new way to fly for the younger generation of athletes wanting to start the amazing journey of looping in the sky. Electric planes represent the future of aviation, not only from an environmentally friendly perspective, but also on a sound pollution level. This break-through innovation opens the possibilities of sustainable aerobatics and passenger flights for a clean future.
Hamilton's rich ongoing history ties with aviation date back to 1918 when the brand was the official timekeeper for U.S. airmail flights between Washington and New York. Today the brand is still strongly involved with the flying world and equips many squadrons around the world. Thanks to its long-term collaboration with Air Zermatt, a transport and rescue helicopter unit in the Swiss Alps, Hamilton joined forces to develop the limited edition Khaki Flight Timer and Khaki Takeoff pilot watches. Moreover, the brand's ambassador for over ten years, Nicolas Ivanoff, is an aerobatic pilot participating in many air competitions like the Red Bull Air Races Championship and international air shows.
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