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News: ZeroAvia Makes First Hydrogen-Electric Test Flight

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  1. First Hydrogen-Electric Test Flight Concluded By ZeroAvia
    Towards the end of 2022 Jet Forums alerted you to the clearance given to ZeroAvia to commence testing of their testbed Dornier 228 fitted with hydrogen-electric apparatus. https://www.jetforums.net/threads/news-hydrogen-electric-flights-for-zeroavia-approved-by-caa.4523/ . The latest development is that ZeroAvia has now successfully made the first flight with the testbed aircraft in Cotswold Airport (GBA) in Gloucestershire, UK. Although the first flight only lasted 10 minutes, it allowed the the Dornier 228 to become largest aircraft to be powered by a hydrogen-electric engine.
  2. "This is a major moment, not just for ZeroAvia, but for the aviation industry as a whole, as it shows that true zero-emission commercial flight is only a few years away," Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia, said. For safety on the first test flight, only one ZA-600 Hydrogen-Electric engine was fitted to the aircraft while the other was the stock Honeywell TPE-331 engine on the starboard wing. "In this testing configuration, the hydrogen-electric powertrain comprises two fuel cell stacks, with lithium-ion battery packs providing peak power support during take-off and adding additional redundancy for safe testing. In this testbed configuration, hydrogen tanks and fuel cell power generation systems were housed inside the cabin," ZeroAvia added in the statement. "In a commercial configuration, external storage would be used and the seats restored."

    For more information:

    ZeroAvia U.S
    90 Skylane Dr, Hangar 1,
    Hollister, CA 95023
    www.zeroavia.com

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