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Pipistrel unveils hydrogen-powered aircraft

Pipistrel unveils hydrogen-powered aircraft

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.


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