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

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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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