• Electric Beaver May Fly By Year’s End

    From Larry Dighera@21:1/5 to All on Mon Nov 4 07:25:34 2019

    Electric Beaver May Fly By Year’s End
    Russ NilesNovember 3, 20192

    A Canadian seaplane airline expects to flight test an electrically
    powered De Havilland Beaver before the end of the year with an eye to
    flying passengers in 2022. As we reported earlier this year <https://www.avweb.com/ownership/seaplane-airline-going-all-electric/>,
    Harbour Air, which flies about 40 floatplanes to islands and coastal communities on the west coast of British Columbia, announced it
    intended to eventually convert its full fleet to electric power.
    Immediately after the announcement, the airline started installing a
    540-kW MagniX electric motor in the Beaver, a 60-year-old bush plane
    that originally had a radial engine. “Currently, we are on track for
    the first test flight to take place before the end of the year,” said
    company founder and CEO Greg McDougall.

    If McDougall is correct, his could become the first to fly passengers electrically and the first all-electric aircraft. Harbour Air’s unique operating circumstances make that all possible. Most flights are less
    than an hour and the aircraft are almost always over water, making
    emergency landing sites readily available. But McDougall, a passionate proponent of electric power, said the new propulsion system should
    make that even less likely. “Electric motors are extremely reliable.
    They don’t have the same number of moving parts as a turbine or piston
    engine and they have much better durability,” he said in a statement
    in March.

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