TOGETHER IN electric dreams

ZeroAvia is preparing for more test flights of its hydrogen powertrain, including testing the technology on larger aircraft. Mark Broadbent reports

ZeroAvia used Piper M350 N866LP (c/n 4636130), re-registered G-HYZA, for flight tests but plans to move to a small turboprop airliner

Alight aircraft flying a single circuit at a quiet Bedfordshire airfield sounds utterly unremarkable, but a September flight by the humble blue-and-white Piper M350 at Cranfield Airport was momentous. It was the first flight in UK airspace by an electric aircraft.

ZeroAvia, the start-up that developed the aircraft’s zero-emissions electric powertrain that uses a hydrogen fuel cell, hailed the flight as a “first step to realising the transformational possibilities” of hydrogen in aviation.

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