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Published on Monday, March 22, 2021

UK's first electric commuter flights set for take-off






The first electric powered commuter flights could soon be taking to the air in the West Country. If test flights are successful it could lead to regular hybrid-electric aircraft service.


As part of the 2ZERO project, demonstration flights will travel from Exeter Airport to Newquay Airport.


Flights will be operated firstly by a six-seat Electric EEL aircraft developed by electric aviation firm Ampaire and, in a later phase, with a 19-seat Eco Otter, hybrid-electric aircraft.


It follows a successful bid to the Future Flight Challenge by a consortium made up of Ampaire, as well as Rolls-Royce Electrical, University of Nottingham, Loganair and local airports.


 


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