CAeS integrates hydrogen fuel cell technology into Islander nacelle
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: CAeS describes the new fuel cell’s integration as ‘a miracle of packaging’ Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) has unveiled the design of how its 240 kW hydrogen fuel cell technology system will fit into the nacelle of an aircraft, initially set to be the Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander. ‘By packaging the entire full power system (hydrogen fuel cell system and motor) into the nacelle, CAeS has identified all the key technical and packaging challenges of designing a safe and efficient hydrogen power train and found solutions for them all,’ explains CAeS. The forward section of the nacelle ..read more
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HyFIVE: new UK hydrogen consortium launched
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by Charlotte Bailey
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ABOVE : The project will support the development of hydrogen supply chains ahead of the fuel’s projected entry into service date of 2030 A new UK consortium has been formed with the goal of developing and advancing a hydrogen fuel system architecture, with initial funding of nearly £40 million allocated to the project. The consortium’s aim is to ‘develop, test and validate a modular, scalable cryogenic fuel system architecture that is suitable for multiple aircraft classes and compatible with either hydrogen electric propulsion or hydrogen combustion powertrains,’ notes the Marshall Group, who ..read more
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Pipistrel Velis Electro granted FAA LSA exemption
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: The Velis Electro is the world’s first (and currently only) EASA-certified electric aircraft The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted a light sport aircraft (LSA) airworthiness exemption for the Pipistrel Velis Electro, allowing US flight schools to offer training on the first commercially-available, type certified electric aircraft. “With this exemption, the cost-barrier to pursuing primary flight training can be substantially reduced,” explained Kriya Shortt, president and CEO of Textron’s eAviation segment. Gabriel Massey, president and managing director at Pipistrel, ad ..read more
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UK’s first vertiport testbed planned for Bicester
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: Love it or loathe it, AAM and general aviation are starting to share the same space Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure developer Skyports Infrastructure is to develop the UK’s first vertiport testbed at Bicester, Oxfordshire. Specifically designed to accommodate electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) craft, the facility is described by Bicester Motion as ‘a critical facility for testing ground infrastructure and flight operations’. The vertiport’s design has been submitted to Cherwell District Council and will include a 160 square meter passenger terminal situated at the ..read more
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Volocopter becomes world’s first eVTOL Approved Training Organisation
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: Volocopter has conducted over 2,000 public and private test flights to date Urban air mobility pioneer Volocopter has become an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), the first eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing craft) developer to receive this certification anywhere in the world. The ATO certification was awarded from the German Federal Aviation office (Luftfahrtbundesamt) through its subsidiary, Volocopter Air Services, following zero findings in the final audit. Volocopter will now work on finalising the training programme for its VoloCity aircraft in conjunction with the Lu ..read more
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Sir Stephen Hillier re-appointed as Chair of UK CAA
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by Charlotte Bailey
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ABOVE: Sir Stephen Hillier became Chair of the CAA on Augst 1, 2020 The Secretary of State for Transport has re-appointed Sir Stephen Hillier as Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, extending his term until July 2028. “The past four years were an extremely challenging time for aviation, with Sir Stephen’s knowledge and experience proving invaluable,” explained Transport Secretary Mark Harper. “As we transition to an era of new technologies, innovation and decarbonization, I’m confident the Civil Aviation Authority will continue to perform well under his leadership”. Through steering the C ..read more
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CAA selects first three companies for Hydrogen Challenge
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: The initiative will run for an initial period through to 28 February 2025 The CAA has selected the first three companies to participate in its Hydrogen Challenge Sandbox, a consortium designed to ‘work closely with the regulator to increase readiness of industry and the regulator for hydrogen fuel’. Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), Exeter Airport Consortium and ZeroAvia will now ‘review and provide feedback on safety cases, test plans and risk assessments’ as they work to help shape and define the process for regulatory certification. “Being able to collaborate on the basis of real ..read more
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Beyond Aero makes France’s first manned hydrogen-electric flight
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by Charlotte Bailey
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ABOVE: The technology demonstrator completed 10 take-offs and two complete flights Beyond Aero has completed the initial flight test campaign of its hydrogen-electric powertrain architecture, signifying the first time a manned French aircraft has flown on fully hydrogen-electric propulsion. Beyond Aero’s powertrain operates on 1.2kg of gaseous hydrogen stored in three tanks at 340 bar pressure, providing two thirds of the power, with the remaining portion supplied by batteries. A maximum electrical power of 85 kW drives a single propellor. For the purposes of the flight test, the system was re ..read more
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Aerobility appoints new Chief Flying Instructor
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: Al Rosser will be mainly based at the charity’s Blackbushe Airport headquarters. Disabled flying charity Aerobility – which ‘changes lives by allowing anyone, with any disability, to experience the magic and wonder of flight’ – has appointed former RAF Pilot Al Rosser as its new Chief Flying Director and Service Delivery Director. Rosser, who has always enjoyed instructing, explained: “This seemed like an excellent opportunity to use my skills in a positive way that would benefit the charity”. Elaborating on how he grew up with his mother suffering from multiple sclerosis, he described ..read more
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Cranfield Aerospace joins Scottish sustainability test centre
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by Charlotte Bailey
1M ago
ABOVE: CAeS aims to deliver the ‘world’s first, zero-emissions passenger aircraft solution by 2026’ Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), developer of a hydrogen-propulsion system initially destined for the Britten-Norman Islander, has joined the UK’s ‘first operationally-based low-carbon aviation test centre’ at Kirkwall Airport on the Scottish island of Orkney. Its involvement will focus on assessing how to safely refuel an aircraft with gaseous hydrogen in a commercial airport environment. The Sustainable Aviation Test Environment (SATE) is part-funded by the UKRI Future Flight Challenge an ..read more
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