Industry News

Safety firm ARC in hydrogen-powered aircraft trials


An Edinburgh safety consultancy is playing a crucial part in trials of a pioneering hydrogen-powered aircraft.
Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC) is providing the safety assurance in the HyFlyer project which last month saw a Piper M-Class six-seater aircraft undergo test flights at Cranfield, culminating in a 250-300 nautical mile demonstration flight out of Orkney.

Sustainable Jet Fuel from Flexible Waste Biomass has been awarded the most innovative EU Biotech project


James Hygate, founder and CEO of Green Fuels Ltd, ‘virtually’ presented the project to the European biotech stakeholder community. More than 300 EU-funded biotech projects were screened for their potential for commercialisation. Interviews of 79 projects were conducted and the projects analysed more deeply, taking into account factors such as target markets, TRL, industry involvement, IP situation and more. The assessment of the best-ranked projects was complemented with an evaluation by a Ketbio's Commercial Committee for the final selection of the Ketbio Top Ten.

New Study: Hydrogen-Powered Aviation. Preparing for Take-Off


A new independent study, commissioned by Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings on hydrogen’s potential for use in aviation, was presented at an online event on 22 June which featured Adina-Ioana Vălean, the European Commissioner for Transport, and Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, as keynote speakers, in addition to leading industry representatives Stéphane Cueille (CTO, Safran), Glen Llewellyn (VP Zero Emissions Technology, Airbus), David Burns (VP Global Business Development, Linde), Per Ekdunge (Executive Vice-President, PowerCell) and Rolf Henke (Member of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Centre - DLR).

France announces $16.9 billion in aid to aviation industry


France’s government is pumping 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) in rescue money into the pandemic-battered aerospace industry, in hopes of saving its hundreds of thousands of jobs and keeping plane maker Airbus and national airline Air France globally competitive.
In exchange for aid, companies will be required to invest more and faster in electric, hydrogen or other lower-emission aircraft, as France aims to make its aviation industry the “cleanest in the world.”

Pipistrel Advances on New Cargo and Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Air Vehicles


The Pipistrel eVTOL Concept was unveiled at the 2nd annual Uber Elevate Summit on May 8th, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. Previously designed as a blended wing body (BWB), the new 801 eVTOL features 8 lift rotors mounted on a lifting surface inboard of the wing. The Pipistrel team also announced that an entire family of eVTOL’s was being developed for scalability and mission-tailored performance.

Conceptual Study For Environment-Friendly Flight


Since the beginning of 2020, 45 researchers from 20 DLR institutes have been working together on the Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies (EXACT) project, which is developing new technological components for an environmentally friendly commercial aircraft.