The American company ZeroAvia appeared less than a year ago and immediately announced the start of expansion in the field of small passenger aviation using hydrogen fuel. On June 22, HyFlyer hybrid hydrogen-electric aircraft took off for the first time from Cranfield airfield in Bedfordshire, England as part of a program to create a fleet of long-range non-polluting aircraft, writes New Atlas.
“Today’s flight is the latest in a series of milestones that moves the possibility of zero-emission flight closer to reality,” says Val Miftakhov, ZeroAvia Founder and CEO. “We all want the aviation industry to come back after the pandemic on a firm footing to be able to move to a net-zero future, with a green recovery. That will not be possible without realistic, commercial options for zero-emission flight, something we will bring to the market as early as 2023.”
Having received funding from the Innovate UK Foundation and the Institute of Aerospace Technology, ZeroAvia promises to launch Project HyFlyer in the shortest possible time: airplanes with 10 – 20 seats will begin to deliver passengers in three years, models with 50 – 100 seats will appear by 2030, and 200 with a range of more than 5500 km – in the 2040th.
HyFlyer hydrogen-electric aircraft has already passed the necessary ground tests, and long-distance test flights will take place in the coming months. The final test will be a flight to the Orkney Islands in Scotland at a distance of approximately 500 km.