EASA Release Initial Certification Requirements for Electric, Hybrid Propulsion Systems Written 14 April 2021


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FlightGlobal reports that the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has “drawn up an initial set of certification requirements for electric or hybrid propulsion systems for future aircraft types.” The special condition “has been shaped from an initial proposal in January last year, following extensive comments from multiple aerospace companies including Airbus, The Boeing Company, Embraer, Rolls-Royce, Safran and other organisations specialising in electric propulsion.” EASA said, “It is considered challenging at this stage to provide a generic set of requirements for [such propulsion systems] that could encompass all possibilities.” For “large aircraft, covered by CS-25 certification standards, the special condition must be complemented with appropriate emissions requirements which are ‘yet to be defined’ for electric propulsion, says EASA.” The agency “also points out that any design including use of hydrogen – whether to feed fuel cells or combustion engines – is also outside of the scope.”
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