Aviation H2’s aircraft of choice, the Dassault Falcon 50 business jet – a long-ranged international business charter jet aircraft – was selected for a multitude of reasons.
Not only do these aircraft have larger weight capacity, reducing the risk posed by weight challenges, they are also relatively common in Australia with partner Falcon Air being certified to maintain and operate them.
However, one of the main reasons is that the third engine of the Falcon 50 is located at the bottom of the plane’s back.
This provides easy access to the engine simply by opening the cowl, allowing the company to tinker and fine tune the setup without too much difficulty.
Falcon 50s are also capable of flying using just two engines, meaning that while Aviation H2 won’t be able to test the plane in the area surrounding Bankstown Airport, it can take off on the two regular engines and fly to where it will carry out the testing.
“At that point we will be able to test it during takeoff, during climb, at altitude, through a range of temperatures, and so on,” Dr Mayer says.
He added that being able to work out of Bankstown airport would help with the work needed to develop the technology, as it has the right infrastructure to carry out the modifications.
Bankstown also happens to be the base for Falcon Air, who are familiar with the plane and have all certifications in place, meaning that Aviation H2 only needs experimental permissions to operate the plane.
Once the test flight is successful in the middle of 2023, Aviation H2 will have a patentable method for modifying aircraft so they operate on carbon-free fuel. They will quickly seek to certify and commercialise this product via a planned public listing on a major exchange in Q4 of 2023.