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Bring on 2021

FlyZero's Project Director, Chris Gear, looks back on the progress since launch and gives a preview of what is to come in the first few months of the new year.

By Chris Gear - FlyZero Project Director

17 December 2020 01:00:PM
Read time: 4 mins

It’s fair to say this new year will be welcomed more than most after an incredibly challenging 2020.

I’m particularly looking forward to January as it will see the newly appointed FlyZero leadership team meet for the first time marking another major milestone in this exciting project – look out for an announcement on this soon.

Of course we’ve only got to this stage thanks to the support of our industry partners, BEIS, Catapults, research centres, universities, and the hard work of the team at the ATI to launch FlyZero in July and kick-start the project in the months that followed.

Since July, we’ve been busy with recruitment including secondment opportunities, hosting a FlyZero webinar, launching our dedicated FlyZero webpages here and preparing key functions such as IT, HR, finance and governance.

In the first part of 2021, the FlyZero team will begin the feasibility stage of the project, which will bring together a wide range of experts to carefully examine the technical and commercial issues in creating a radically new zero-carbon emission commercial aircraft. Initially, this work will be concept studies to consolidate and assess the existing knowledge frontiers that need developing and to guide the direction of the delivery phase of the project. It’s this collaboration and intense focus on finding facts and details that will help us identify and overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities to put the UK at the forefront of sustainable flight.

We are also looking ahead to the preliminary design phase for which we’ll be recruiting around 80 new roles. If you’re interested in joining this one-of-a-kind project check our vacancy board regularly for the latest roles.

Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.