October 6, 2022

In a brand new episode of our ‘Sustainability in the Air’ podcast, Heart Aerospace CEO Anders Forslund speaks with SimpliFlying CEO Shashank Nigam.

In this episode, they discuss how regional electric air travel can transform the industry while addressing the key sustainability challenges.

Here are just a few of the things you can hear being talked about by listening to the podcast:

  • A Change of Heart: From ES-19 to ES-30
  • Does hybrid solve the challenges associated with fully electric aircraft?
  • ES-30: Low emission or no emission?
  • Getting airlines onboard
  • Meeting sustainability targets with the right tempo
  • What about the batteries?
  • Retrofitting vs building from scratch
  • Charging Infrastructure: How much charge does a plane require?
  • The ES-30 travel experience
  • Funding required
  • How will electric aviation impact smaller airports and communities?

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Heart Aerospace is also one of ten companies to be featured in our next-generation aircraft power list.

In this brand-new report, we look at the next-generation aircraft that we will see flying within the next ten years.

What do we mean by next-generation aircraft?

The next step up from eVTOLs (see our UAM report), these are 10-40 seat planes that are either carbon neutral or with a vastly reduced carbon footprint.

These aircraft are powered by three different technologies, which we will go on to explore in this report: Electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-electric (there is also hydrogen-combustion, which Airbus is looking at).

Some companies are retrofitting existing aircraft (e.g. ZeroAvia and the Dornier 228), while others want to build completely new aircraft (e.g the Eviation Alice and the Heart Aerospace ES-30).

At SimpliFlying, we’re excited about the potential of these aircraft for two reasons.

First of all, they could have an immediate transformative effect on many communities, due to the fact that next-generation aircraft will initially be on regional routes.

They solve the biggest issues around small and urban airports – noise, pollution and cost.

At a time when the aviation industry is under pressure to cap growth, we could actually see more people flying thanks to these planes, but in a less carbon-intensive way.

Secondly, many of the companies we feature have a road map to move from 19 to 50 to 100 aircraft, so the technology used in regional aircraft in 2029, could well form the basis of newer 100-200 seat narrowbodies in 2039.

Download our report for free from our sustainability hub.

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