For Vertical Flight Society's H2 eVTOL Council Advocates For Hydrogen Propulsion

For Vertical Flight Society's H2 eVTOL Council Advocates For Hydrogen Propulsion
Courtesy by eVTOL News

Hydrogen-Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (H2eVTOL) Council of the Vertical Flight Society has spun off into the Hysky Society, an independent nonprofit organization. 

In May 2020, the H2eVTOL Council was formed to promote and advance hydrogen fuel cell technology for electric aircraft, including eVTOLs. Since then, the council has grown to include more than 1,000 participants from across the aviation industry, Hysky CEO and co-founder Danielle McLean said on January 25 during a presentation at the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 10th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 10th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, held concurrently this week in Mesa, Arizona.

H2eVTOL Council, which was founded by VFS member Danielle McLean in May 2020, has now grown into its own independent organization, according to VFS executive director Mike Hirschberg. We look forward to working together to advance the eVTOL industry under Danielle's leadership.

Hysky society "will now have the autonomy and resources to expand its reach and impact," VFS said in a statement. As an independent 501(c)(3) charitable educational nonprofit, it will continue the work of H2eVTOL Council.

In addition to advocating for hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy source for the aviation industry, the Hysky society will do public outreach work to educate the general population about the benefits of hydrogen-powered eVTOL aircraft and how they can shape the future of transportation, according to VFS.

The Hysky society is now accepting new members, so the monthly meetings previously held by the H2eVTOL Council will continue to be held on the third Monday of every month. Hysky's website has a sign up form for those interested in joining. Donations are also accepted by the organization. 

On June 21-23, Hysky will host a virtual event called Flying Hy with over 1,000 participants and 100 presentations, "and we'll bring all the pieces of the ecosystem together," McLean said.

The big one in the middle, the aircraft, is the key to enabling hydrogen-powered aviation. According to McLean, there are six 'buckets' essentially that must be combined to make this possible. In order to size your fuel cell, you will need to know what size you need, how much you need, how far you need to travel, how fast you need to travel and how often you need to travel. As a result, you will know how much hydrogen you need, which will inform the refueling station, how much hydrogen they need, how much hydrogen needs to be transported, produced, etc.," she explained. In other words, everything should be centered around that mission profile. In that sense, Hysky society can be described as such. Our goal is to bring hydrogen aviation to fruition by bringing that ecosystem together."

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