A project to convert the nine-passenger Britten-Norman Islander to hybrid-electric propulsion for short-haul flights has kicked off in the UK. Project Fresson is led by Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS), which plans to obtain and market a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the conversion. CAeS is leading a UK team that includes the aircraft’s manufacturer, Britten-Norman; Rolls-Royce, providing the power management system; the Denis Ferranti Group, supplying electric motors; ...

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