Aviation H2 signs partnership with FalconAir
In the next 12 months, Aviation H2 intends to convert a jet engine for testing, then modify a Falcon 50 so it runs on green hydrogen.
Aviation H2, the company behind Australia’s first hydrogen-powered plane, has signed a strategic partnership with a major aircraft charter operator, FalconAir.
Under the agreement:
- Aviation H2 will get access to the FalconAir Bankstown hangar, facilities and operating licences so they can begin building Australia’s first hydrogen-powered plane.
- FalconAir will help Aviation H2 acquire the test engines and aircraft that will be used to deliver the project.
- Provide specialist and licensed aircraft maintenance engineering, piloting and hangarage.
- Use their proven expertise to help communicate with aviation authorities and accelerate the certification process.
After recently completing their feasibility study, which outlines a clear path towards building one of the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled planes, Aviation H2 says they are on track to having a plane in the sky by the middle of 2023.
FalconAir has extensive experience in dealing with these aircraft and a global network of relationships, which will prove instrumental in purchasing both the aircraft and the test engine. Their team will also be able to provide assistance in maintenance engineering and guide us on accelerating the approval process from aviation authorities.
Once the test flight is successful in the middle of 2023, Aviation H2 will have a patentable method for modifying aircraft so they operate on carbon-free fuel. They will quickly seek to certify and commercialise this product via a planned public listing on a major exchange in Q4 of 2023.
Dr Helmut Mayer, Aviation H2 Director, said, “We now have a hangar, options for purchasing an aeroplane and a clear plan for how we want to build the plane.”