John Buckley, Managing Director of Carbon Footprint Ltd and founder of the Freedom Flight Prize, explains what the Prize is and its role in tackling climate change
First Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Aircraft
On 24 September 2020, an aircraft powered by hydrogen fuel-cells, designed and built by ZeroAvia made its maiden flight.
The aircraft has 6 seats and the Cranfield based company claims that it will be capable of flying up to 500 miles. ZeroAvia aims to make a 250 mile flight by the end of the year.
We hope to see ZeroAvia competing for the Freedom Flight Prize!
Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) in the News
On 11 September 2020, Sweden announced plans to increase its uptake of SAFs. Suppliers, Shell and Neste, collaborate for greater production.
Despite not allowing SAF powered aircraft to compete, the organisers of the Freedom Flight Prize recognise that SAFs are the next step along the way to sustainable aviation, so welcomes this news. Norway also aims for a 30% SAF mix by 2030.
Freedom Flight Prize Announced
On 1 September 2020, the Freedom Flight Prize was officially announced and this website was launched
“The challenge for zero carbon transatlantic flight is now on.”, Simply Flying
“… it will be one of the top achievements of the decade, and perhaps one of the most memorable technological advances of the century.”, CleanTechnica
“New X-Prize”, Scudrunners
“Winning the Freedom Flight Prize would be the gift that keeps on giving.”, Intelligent Living
“Just as the Orteig Prize drove Lindbergh to talk a small aircraft company in San Diego into building his Spirit, and the Green Flight Challenge inspired Tine’ Tomazic at Pipistrel to come up with the winning G4, today’s Freedom Flight Prize may cause the best designers and builders to come forth with something just as revolutionary as those past prize winners. Luck to all.” Sustainable Skies