A 20-seat hydrogen-powered aircraft has been unveiled by aircraft manufacturer Pipistrel.
Called the Miniliner, the zero emission airplane is capable of operating quietly from runways shorter than 1 km, including grass airstrips at small aerodromes.
Pipistrel’s Miniliners allow for a direct operating cost reduction of 30 to 40% on a per-seat metric relative to today’s solutions, even with the introduction of new zero emission propulsion, real-time emissions monitoring and advanced flight control automation technologies.
“Our Miniliner concept will deliver a leading solution for future small regional aircraft that will enable clean, fast, and cost-effective transportation,” the company said in a recent statement.
Having started considering larger zero emission aircraft already as a part of the MAHEPA project several years ago, Pipistrel is now actively performing conceptual design studies in-house, as well as partnering with universities under the also EU-funded UNIFIER19 project.