UK Civil Aviation Authority

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has selected three companies to increase industry and regulatory readiness for the introduction of hydrogen fuel and new technologies. 

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, Exeter Airport Consortium and ZeroAvia have all been selected by the regulator as part of its Hydrogen Challenge. 

The UK Civil Aviation Authority launched its challenge in November 2023, with funding from the Regulator’s Pioneer Fund, to help leverage the potential of hydrogen as a zero-carbon emission aviation fuel. 

One of the companies selected, Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, is developing a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain to be applied to aircraft and aims to conduct ground testing and flight trials this year.  

The UK Civil Aviation Authority will work with the organisation on identifying hazards, risks, and safety challenges associated with its project. 

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