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An interesting development in zero-emission aviation is coming from the UK today. Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) and small airframer Britten-Norman announced their intention to merge and become a global leader in small, zero-emission aircraft. For now, the two have signed a Head of Terms agreement, but subject to due diligence, the merger should be completed by the middle of this year. Cranfield Aerospace and Britten-Norman merger could offer bright future.

While surprising at first sight, the merger makes a lot of sense. Cranfield Aerospace, which has its roots in the renowned Cranfield University with its aviation heritage, and UK plane maker Britten-Norman have been collaborating for two years on Project Fresson. With Britten-Norman providing the trusted Islander nine-seater as a platform, Cranfield Aerospace is converting the aircraft and fitting in a hydrogen-electric fuel cell system.


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