AERO Asia 2023 starting with e-Planes & Sustainable Aviation Forum

The first AERO Asia started today in Zhuhai China with a reparable success more than 250 exhibitors from around the world showed their latest development.

The big majority at this show coming from mainland China but also a reasonable number from abroad.

As sustainable and green aviation are a big focus of this event There are not only quite a number of conventional Aircraft manufacturers showing their latest products but also quite a number of manned and unmanned eVTOLs as well as conventional aircraft.

Next to exhibits and a small airshow there is also a number of forums around GA on of Forums around “Low level Aviation” which is a new term created in China for GA and AAM together-

The half day “Sustainable Aviation Forum” with speakers from US over Europe up to China and Australia highlighted the latest envelopment of eMotor, e-Aircraft and eVTOL.

More in the next days here on

CAAC issued the type certificate to EHang eVTOL

Today on 13 October 2023 the Chinese regulator CAAC issued the type certificate to EHang EH216-S two-seat eVTOL in Beiijng, China. This is the first type certififcate issued to an eVTOL in the world, as well as the first type certificate issued to a pilotless passenger-carrying aircraft in the world.

The issurance ceremony was held in Beijing today

The director of the airworthness certification department of CAAC, Ms.Yang Zhenmei (left) passed the type certificate to the founder and CEO of EHang, Mr.Hu Huazhi (right)

According to the information released at the ceremony, EH216-S has a maximum design speed of 130km/h, maximum cruising speed of 90km/h, maximum takeoff weight of 620kg and service ceiling of 120m (AGL).

EHang applied for the certification to CAAC in 2020 and CAAC officially accepted the application in Feburary 2021 so it took about two and half years for EHang to obtain this type certificate. According to various sources, this certificate comes with some operational limits and EHang still needs go through some process before commercial operation. Thus many things still remain to be seen and it might be too early to say this is the success of EHang. Instead, this certificate might be just the beginning. Nevertheless the title of the world’s first certified pilotless eVTOL should be a good reason for EHang to celebrate at this moment.

2nd AAM Forum started today 27.09. in Oberpfaffenhofen Germany

Bavarian Minister Florian Herman opened the ÀAM forum in the Hangar of the Technical University and Hochschule Munich at the Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield. Key players like Rolls Royce, Volocopter, AutoFight, Lilium, Elektra Solar presented their progress in their projects as well as new startups like Vaeridion and Odonata.

AAM Forum at the Airfield Oberpfaffenhofen/munich

H2FLY Made World’s First Piloted Flight of Liquid  Hydrogen Powered Electric Aircraft

H2FLY, the Stuttgart, Germany-based developer of hydrogen-electric powertrain systems for aircraft, announced on 7 September that it has successfully completed the world’s first piloted flight of an electric aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen.

The H2FLY team has completed four flights powered by liquid hydrogen as part of its flight test campaign, including one flight that lasted for over three hours. The flights were completed with H2FLY’s piloted HY4 demonstrator aircraft, fitted with a hydrogen-electric fuel cell propulsion system and cryogenically stored liquid hydrogen that powered the aircraft.

Results of the test flights indicate that using liquid hydrogen in place of gaseous hydrogen will double the maximum range of the HY4 aircraft from 750 km to 1,500 km, marking a critical step towards the delivery of emissions-free, medium- and long-haul commercial flights.

It is worth mentioning that H2FLY was acquired by the leading eVTOL company Joby in 2021.

The successful campaign marks a significant milestone for H2FLY, reflecting the extensive insights from the company’s research efforts. Moreover, it is the culmination of Project HEAVEN, a European-government-supported consortium assembled to demonstrate the feasibility of using liquid, cryogenic hydrogen in aircraft. The consortium is led by H2FLY and includes the partners Air Liquide, Pipistrel Vertical Solutions, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, and Fundación Ayesa.

Beside project HEAVEN, the work has been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMVD), and The University of Ulm.

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