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De Havilland, ZeroAvia to develop hydrogen-electric engine for Dash 8-400

By DE staff   

General Aerospace

U.S./UK-based firm looks to have its 2MW+ powertrain ready for commercial operations by 2024.

(Photo credit: De Havilland Canada)

De Havilland Canada announced its signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ZeroAvia to integrate the California-based company’s hydrogen-electric engines with new and in-service De Havilland aircraft models. As part of the MOU, De Havilland Canada will have the option to purchase 50 ZeroAvia hydrogen-electric engines.

The companies also say they intend to work together on a service bulletin for the Dash 8-400 type certificate offering ZeroAvia’s 2MW+ powertrain hydrogen-electric engine as a line-fit option for new aircraft, as well as developing an OEM-approved retrofit program for in-service aircraft.

As part of the program, ZeroAvia will develop a flight demonstrator using a Dash 8-400 aircraft to aid certification and showcase the operational and commercial potential of the engine. The intention is to identify a suitable existing route utilizing the aircraft and aim for entry into service within the next five years. ZeroAvia and De Havilland Canada intend to jointly market aircraft powered by the hydrogen-electric engines to operators with power-by-the-hour (PBH) support.

Based in the UK and USA, ZeroAvia says it has secured experimental certificates for two prototype aircraft from the CAA and FAA, passed flight test milestones and is on track for initial commercial operations of its technology in 2024.



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