The future of the aviation industry appears to be becoming more environmentally friendly, with a nine-seat, all-electric propulsion system, a Cessna plane, successfully completing its first flight,media reported. The launch of the world’s largest electric aircraft marks another step forward for the emerging industry. In the future, air travel may be cleaner and cheaper than it is now.
The landmark flight is understood to be the product of a partnership between aviation technology company magniX, a 750-horsepower magni500 propulsion system that powered a modified six-seat seaplane and completed its first flight in December last year in collaboration with Harbour Air. While the event marked the first success of an all-electric commercial aircraft flight, it is clear that the MagniX team still has more to do. The company has reached this new milestone today by transforming a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan into an all-electric, zero-emissions, low-cost aircraft through a partnership with AeroTEC.
It is understood the voyage took place at the AeroTEC test facility in Lake Moses, Washington, where the so-called “eCaravan” — with a 16-meter wingspan — became the largest all-electric aircraft ever.
“I am proud of the pioneering work done by our engineers, technicians, and flight testing teams,” said Lee Human, President and CEO of AeroTEC. “
MagniX has ambitious plans for its Magni500 propulsion system. As the latest electric engine, the company has reached agreements with key players in the field of electric aviation. This includes supplying engines for Israeli start-up Eviation, Cape Air, the largest independent regional airline in the United States, and further developed electric engines for Harbour Air.