H55 nears approval for electric aircraft propulsion system

23 February 2024 11:37

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Sion - The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has accepted the Compliance Check List for the H55 battery packs. The acceptance recognizes that the batteries from the pioneer of electric aviation in the canton of Valais are safe and robust. H55 can now complete its testing program by the end of the year.

H55 has come a step closer to the certification of its propulsion system for electric aircraft: EASA has accepted the Compliance Check List (CCL) for the company's battery packs. The electric aviation pioneer can now complete its testing program and meet all certification requirements for CS-23 aircrafts by the end of the year. In a statement, H55 says it is “proud to be one of the first European electric aviation companies to successfully pass this critical phase in the certification process”.

It is a “recognition by EASA that our battery packs are safe and robust”, CEO Martin Larose is quoted as saying. The CCL test programme allows H55 to enter the final stage in securing official approval. “We look forward to their continued support as we move into the final phases of certification,” said Larose. 

H55 co-founder and Chairman of the Board André Borschberg is also pleased with this latest success. “With clear rules of compliance in place, we can now complete our testing. This significant milestone will accelerate the commercialization of H55's battery packs for electric propulsion solutions," he says. 

In parallel to its certification activities in Europe with EASA, H55 is also reportedly moving full speed ahead on certification in North America with the Federal Aviation Administration and in Canada with Transport Canada. “Both regulatory bodies will be closely following the CCL testing program with the objective of using the results from EASA to fast-track North American Type Certification,” writes the company. ce/mm

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