FlyH2 Aerospace designs and operates high performance hydrogen-electric unmanned aircraft with and for customers across the globe, improving the management of our precious natural and built resources, and making the world safer for all.
FlyH2 Aerospace innovates high performance aircraft and systems that deliver on our core principles of sustainable development and inclusive prosperity. We do so by focusing on best use of green technologies, remote sensing and modern, low collateral impact, integrated pest management solutions.
FlyH2 Aerospace was incorporated by pilot and aviator Mark van Wyk in Cape Town in 2011. The company focused on research and development until 2014 when it was officially launched with co-founder, Onno Huyser, an environmental scientist and management consultant. The duo were successful in winning a research and development grant from the South African Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) via the University of Cape Town and HySA Catalysis, in 2014.
HySA Catalysis. The consortium designed a hydrogen propulsion system for FlyH2’s flagship concept aircraft, UA Alpha. Although the seed fund only allowed for a simple fuel cell stack to be developed, the results were excellent. This project lead FlyH2 Aerospace on to win the 2015 ATNS AVI-Afrique Award for Innovation in African Aviation We have followed this up with another competitive TIA grant awarded in 2017, and, again, first prize at the ATNS AVI-Afrique Awards in 2017, this time for our innovations in aerial release methods for sterile insects.
Our team is bolstered by expert systems, aerospace and electronics engineers, from across a range of highly respected South African defence and engineering works, with UA Alpha project partner Jacques Swart joining the team in 2016.
In 2017 FlyH2 won a competitive grant from the South African Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), via the Cape Craft and Design Institute, to develop our aerial dispensing systems for sterile False Codling Moth (FCM) using hydrogen-electric propelled unmanned aircraft. This project lead FlyH2 Aerospace on to win the 2017 ATNS AVI-Afrique Awards for innovation in African aviation.
Partner and anchor client X-Sterile Insect Technique (XSIT), foremost exponent of sterile insect technique (SIT) in the southern hemisphere, and FlyH2, joined forces in 2017 to form Greenfly Aviation, with Greenfly securing start-up investment to enable our fixed wing unmanned aircraft to replace the existing ground- and aerial dispensing methods used by XSIT.
Greenfly Aviation is in the process of getting licensed to operate by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.