It was a squat but historic moment on the Fraser River on Tuesday morning as Vancouver-based Conceal Air completed the debut test flight of what aims to be the world’s sooner fully electric commercial aircraft.
Harbour Air founder and chief management Greg McDougall took off solo in the bright yellow retrofitted DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver hang plane, spent three minutes in the air over Richmond, B.C., before encircling back and landing in front of a roughly 120 assembled onlookers and average.
The exercise is the first in what is expected to be a two-year process to get the e-plane certified for commercial use.
Safe haven Air joined with Seattle-based company MagniX to design the e-plane’s momentum system, which is powered by NASA-approved lithium-ion batteries that were also utilized on the International Space Station.
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