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ZeroAvia and FEAM Aero Sign Agreement for Hydrogen-Electric Aircraft Engines MRO

Clean aviation innovator signs MOU with leading provider of MRO and Aviation Maintenance Services

ZeroAvia recently announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with FEAM Aero surrounding retrofit, maintenance, and technical support.  

With ZeroAvia’s first hydrogen-electric engine design for 9-19 seat aircraft already subject to a certification application to regulators, and with thousands of powertrain pre-orders in place, the company is preparing a network that can support operators in converting their fleets to zero-emission propulsion systems and then provide the required maintenance support.  

As part of the agreement the parties will explore how FEAM Aero’s 50+ locations can support MRO services for operators leveraging ZeroAvia’s technology. FEAM Aero already actively service fleets relevant to ZeroAvia’s second powertrain design for 30-90 seat aircraft, including Dash 8 and CRJ aircraft.  

As part of the agreement, FEAM Aero will explore establishing a green hydrogen production facility  at one of its locations in the Unites States in partnership with ZeroAvia, enabling the support of early retrofit, testing and training.  

James Peck, Chief Customer Officer, ZeroAvia, said: 

“Fuel cell and electric propulsion systems will keep aircraft flying longer, but the improved economics and drastically reduced environmental impact also mean that there will be more flying, so there is a big opportunity for MRO providers in this transition. ZeroAvia needs to partner to build the network that can support our customers who are already planning their switch away from combustion engines and FEAM Aero has an exceptional track record of service and an uncompromising focus on safety and quality, as well as strong alignment with ZeroAvia’s values.” 

Dan Allawat, Chief Strategy Officer, said:

“We like to say that aviation is an industry where staying in motion is the only thing that matters, but aviation faces a number of challenges that potentially threaten growth. ZeroAvia is a leading innovator in clean aviation that is rapidly advancing towards certification for a system that can solve some of these challenges, so we’re excited to explore what this means for MRO and training in the years to come.” 

ZeroAvia has been flight testing a prototype of its ZA600 aboard a Dornier 228 aircraft at its UK base in Kemble, Gloucestershire, over the last 15 months. Hydrogen-electric engines use hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity, which is then used to power electric motors to turn the aircraft’s propellers. The only emission is water.