Today’s Pickup: Canadian airline successfully tests e-plane in historic flight

Good day,

An aircraft billed as the world’s first commercial e-plane and powered by a propulsion system that uses lithium-ion batteries successfully completed a nearly 10-mile test flight in Canada.

British Columbia-based seaplane airline Harbour Air completed the test on the Fraser River in Vancouver using a retrofitted DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver on Dec. 10. The prop plane, more than 60 years old, flew with a 750-horsepower magni500 propulsion system designed by Seattle-based magniX.

Harbour Air says the electric system can allow for flights of around 100 miles. The airline plans to convert its entire fleet after regulatory approval. 

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Final thoughts:

While primarily a passenger airline, Harbour Air also offers express parcel service on its small seaplanes. Harbour Air hasn’t discussed how electric conversions might affect those operations. But if parcel service can continue, the e-planes could potentially bring down the costs. 

Hammer down, everyone!