ZeroAvia gets the CAA green light for the next phase of hydrogen-electric test flights
December 23, 2022
ZeroAvia has adapted a Dornier 228 with a 600 kW hydrogen-electric propulsion prototype. It is a 19-seat twin-engine. One of the two engines is precisely this hydrogen prototype, while the other is a traditional engine (Honeywell TPE-331).
Following the successful ground test campaign, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted a permit to fly for this aircraft so that the first test flights can be undertaken early next year.
This activity is part of the HyFlyer II project which envisages flights of up to 300 nautical miles in 2023. ZeroAvia's goal is to deliver the first engines by 2025. There are already 1500 engines on pre-order and partnerships have been established with seven aircraft manufacturers, as well as with several airports and fuel suppliers.
The next step will be to arrive by 2027 at engines that allow use on 80-seat aircraft with a range of up to 700 miles.