The D328® Uplift research aircraft was officially presented to the public in its new livery by Deutsche Aircraft, DLR, BDLI and the German government at the National Aviation Conference 2023 in Hamburg today
- German aircraft manufacturer Deutsche Aircraft, in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), partners from the aviation industry and the German government, presented the D328® Uplift flying test laboratory
- The focus of this year's National Aviation Conference is the aviation industry's transition to near climate-neutrality
Hamburg, 25 September 2023 - At the National Aviation Conference 2023 in Hamburg, Deutsche Aircraft, in cooperation with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and the German government, presented the D328® turboprop flying test bed in its new, distinctive Uplift livery. The D328®, an integral part of many regional airline fleets, is now also a pioneer for alternative propulsion technologies for a more environmentally friendly aviation future.
The Uplift programme exemplifies the shared vision of the future of aviation and the industry's collaboration towards the aviation paradigm of climate-neutral flying. The Uplift D328® aircraft will become a major beacon of innovation, reflecting the commitment to environmental protection and ground-breaking advances in the aviation sector.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz met the management of Deutsche Aircraft, the Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Action, Dr. Robert Habeck, Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister of Digital and Transport, Dr. Anna Christmann, the Federal Government Coordinator for German Aerospace Policy, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, Dr. Michael Schöllhorn, President of BDLI, Jost Lammers, President of BDL, Oliver Luksic, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport and Carsten Spohr, CEO of Lufthansa Group in front of the aircraft at the National Aviation Conference in Hamburg.
This year's National Aviation Conference is about aviation's journey towards climate neutrality. The D328® Uplift will serve as a catalyst for research into alternative propulsion systems and help the industry find environmentally friendly solutions for aviation. Furthermore, the aircraft's versatility and efficiency are a perfect match for the Uplift initiative.
Dave Jackson, CEO of Deutsche Aircraft, states, "We are honoured to take part in this important event where Deutsche Aircraft will make a significant contribution to shaping the future of the aviation industry and supporting the government's efforts to achieve sustainable and near carbon-neutral aviation."
Nico Neumann, COO Deutsche Aircraft, remarks, "Deutsche Aircraft is the Type Certificate Holder of the D328® family. We are very proud that our aircraft, the D328-100 mod 20, has been selected by DLR as the flying test laboratory for the Uplift Programme. This recognition is not only a milestone for the industry, but also a symbol of Deutsche Aircraft’s commitment to enhance future technologies towards climate-neutral flying."
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