Osprey CSL to provide certification and regs support to electric/hydrogen hybrid aircraft

Posted on 15 September, 2021 by Advance 

Osprey CSL has been awarded a new contract to provide certification support and regulatory advice as part of the DragonFLY consortium, contributing to development of a certification roadmap for hybrid aircraft.

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Project DragonFLY is a groundbreaking initiative funded by the Welsh Government European Regional Development Fund to develop a hybrid electric/hydrogen powered aircraft in support of an exciting new era of cleaner, greener aviation initiatives achieved through innovative industry collaboration.

Osprey will work with the leading partner Cardiff University and other consortium partners, Toshiba Europe Limited, Inetic Limited, Wiltan Limited, Control Development (UK) Limited, CTM Europe Limited and the Aerospace Wales Forum to develop a certification roadmap for hybrid aircraft that will form a foundation for future electrical aircraft and help the aviation sector on its journey to a more sustainable future.

Osprey has extensive experience in ‘first of type’ certification of air platforms and systems and will initially develop the Safety Management System (SMS) to underpin the certification roadmap. The Osprey team will also advise and assist consortium partners in identifying the methodologies and processes required to achieve certification of the air system by the regulator.

Peter Symons, Business Development Director at Osprey said: “We are extremely proud to be working with our consortium partners in taking such a vital step towards the commercial use of hybrid aircraft and contributing to the UKs green recovery.

"This important project really plays to our strengths as our air systems certification capability has been proven in many complex civil and military environments. Being chosen to support the development and certification of such a novel capability is testament to the excellent people in the team and reinforces our commitment to support initiatives that will ultimately enable a greener future for the aviation industry.”