Published on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Harbour Air prepping for electric plane test flights

Canada based Harbour Air Seaplanes says it is on track to begin initial test flights in December for its landmark new electric planes.

Earlier this year the airline announced it would convert its entire fleet to electric power.

Much of the work has been completed including installing the electric motors.

The remainder of the parts needed to go fully electric are being delivered over the next few weeks.

"We are in the midst of some of the most exciting and critical development work," Harbour Air said in a statement.

The electric motors were designed by Seattle-based electric aviation company, magniX.

Harbour Air operates short flight segments so battery life and flight range is not a problem.

"Today's batteries can provide them exactly the range that they need to operate," magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski told CTV News.

"It is significantly cheaper to convert and operate an electric aircraft," Ganzarski said.

Harbour Air carries more than 500,000 passengers on routes between Vancouver and Victoria, Whistler, Seattle and other Pacirifc Northwest destunations.

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