Representatives of the company ZeroAvia want to enter the mass market with their hydrogen aircraft by 2022. They claim that their planes will be cheaper to manufacture and use than standard jet vehicles that run on jet fuel. In addition, their products do not produce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere.
Initially ZeroAvia plans to target small planes with 10-20 seats that fly short distances (up to 500 miles). The company conducted a number of successful flight tests using its prototype Piper M-Class. According to the company, with a take-off weight of 2 tons and six seats in the business class cabin, their prototype is currently the world’s largest zero-emission aircraft flying without any support for fossil fuels.
Earlier this year the Federal Aviation Administration authorized ZeroAvia to use its prototype for test flights. Since then, the aircraft has performed many test flights, during which key components and their integration into a complete transmission system were tested.