Airbus tests auxiliary electric drive

Airbus Helicopters has started trials of a backup electric propulsion system on the H130, which serves as the company’s flight laboratory. The project, which is supported by the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC), aims to improve the flight safety of single-engine helicopters in the event of a power failure.

Rolls-Royce electric plane takes off for the first time

According to the company, the successful 15-minute flight of the Spirit of Innovation aircraft is an important step towards the creation of environmentally friendly air transport. Rolls-Royce announced in June how it aims to achieve zero emissions, and the Spirit of Innovation is an important step towards achieving this commitment. The company is committed to ensuring that all its new products are zero-emission by 2030.

Hybrid-electric engine development from Pratt & Whitney

With the support of the Canadian government and a partnership with De Havilland Canada, Pratt & Whitney is accelerating the development of its hybrid-electric propulsion system, with the engine manufacturer expecting a 30 percent efficiency increase from the new technology.

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