Cranfield Aerospace Solutions to convert Britten-Norman Islander aircraft to hydrogen

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions is converting a conventional Britten-Norman Islander aircraft to hydrogen propulsion under Project Fresson.

The aircraft will demonstrate the viability of hydrogen aircraft technology as a solution to aviation’s sustainability challenges.

The demonstrator aircraft is set to begin a test flight programme in 2024, with the view to certifying the hydrogen version of the Islander for commercial entry into service in 2026.

Having carried out baseline flight tests of G-HYUK, the unmodified Islander which will be used as the demonstrator aircraft, Cranfield Aerospace will use the aircraft as a flying testbed for its hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system (HFCPS) next year.

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