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Seaplane makes 'first' commercial electric flight, hacker news


                                 A Harbour Air electric aircraftImage copyright                 Harbor Air & magniX                                                  

An all-electric powered seaplane has taken flight in Vancouver, Canada, in what the operators describe as a “world first” for the aviation industry .

The short test flight by Harbor Air and magniX involved a six-passenger aircraft fitted with an electric motor.

The companies said it was a first step to building the “world’s first all-electric commercial fleet”.

The push to electric could help slash carbon emissions in the high-polluting aviation sector.

“This historic flight signifies the start of the third era in aviation – the electric age,” Harbor Air and magniX said in a statement.

The flight involved a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with a

************************ – horsepower (**************** (kW) magni propulsion system.

Launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year, Australian company magniX said its propulsion system aims to provide a “clean and efficient way to power airplanes “.

Canadian seaplane operator Harbor Air hopes to electrify its entire fleet by********************, provided it secures safety and regulatory approvals.Electric ambitions Shifting to electric engines is seen as one way to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.It comes amid growing concern from travelers over the polluting impacts of flying.

In the UK,

aviation is set to be the biggest source of emissions by 2050).

A recent survey by Swiss bank UBS found people arebeginning to cut air travel over concern for the environment– as the Swedish concept of “flygskam” or “flight shame” appeared to spread.

Still, electric aircraft that can travel long distances remain a big challenge for the sector.

Electrical motors, generators, power distribution and controls have advanced rapidly but battery technology has not.

An aircraft like the one flown in Vancouver could only fly about (km) miles) on lithium battery power, according to AFP.

“The [flight] range now is not where we’d love it to be, but it’s enough to start the revolution,” said magniX chief executive Roei Ganzarski, the news agency reported.

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