Swiss startup Dufour Aerospace has announced that Sascha Hardegger will join the team as Chief Commercial Officer.

Hardegger arrives from Rega, the leading Swiss Air-Rescue service, where he worked as Head of Communications, Head of Helicopter Operations Director of the Innovation Programme.

He started Rega’s ambitious drone project in 2017, which aimed to develop a highly automated intervention drone and multiple support applications dedicated to finding missing persons in alpine areas.

Commenting on his new appointment, Hardegger said: “I am looking forward to contributing to such a dedicated and experienced team. Professional aviation will see major changes in the coming years, and Dufour’s approach is the most compelling I have seen. It is a great opportunity to support such a promising Swiss initiative.”

After having completed his studies as political scientist at Zurich University, Hardegger worked as a journalist in foreign missions for the Swiss Army. He was also as a spokesperson for the Federal Department of Justice and Police in Bern before joining Rega.

Aside from work, he is also a private pilot for single engine planes, a glider and paragliding pilot and flys remote-controlled helicopters or drones.

Commenting on Hardegger’s appointment, Thomas Pfammatter, CEO of Dufour Aerospace, added: “I am delighted that a leader with such a proven track record has agreed to support Dufour Aerospace in a responsible management role. He complements our team perfectly in every respect.”

Dufour Aerospace is currently developing its aEro3 eVTOL for the medical supply transportation market. The large, manned tilt-wing aircraft has five to seven seats and Pfammatter and Chief Technology Officer Jasmine Kent spoke to eVTOL Insights about this project as part of our podcast series.