On Thursday, magniX, manufacturer of the electric aircraft, marked the first public demonstration of the world’s largest electric aircraft for 28 minutes.
magniX said, “As the world’s largest all-electric aircraft, this first flight is a significant milestone in disrupting the transportation industry and accelerating the electric aviation revolution.”
The electric aircraft flight took place near inland Moses Lake, Washington, along with a chase plane which assisted and documented the flight that ended to last for full 28 minutes.
In collaboration with the aerospace firm, Aero TEC, the engine company, magniX developed a modified Cessna Caravan 208B, the eCaravan plane.
It is a nine-seater commercial plane. magniX battery-powered electric engine, the Magni250 – turns 350 horsepower into 3000 RPM – is installed in the eCaravan aircraft. This is a propeller aircraft, turning torque into propulsion.
Another 15 minutes flight, with the Cessna engine fitted in a smaller aircraft, took place in December. This electric aircraft flight was in collaboration with the Harbor Air. In fact, magniX announced their plans for a partnership with Harbour and declare them as the world’s first all-electric airlines in March 2019.
Another company, Ampaire flew a hybrid electric-fossil fuel engine-powered airplane in June 2019.
According to The Guardian, Roei Ganzarski, the CEO of magniX said, “Electric airplanes will be 40%-70% lower cost to operate per flight hour. That means operators will be able to fly more planes into smaller airports, meaning a shorter and door-to-door experience, with no harmful CO2 emissions.” He said that current aircraft were expensive to operate as well as very polluting. Ganzarski believes that all the flights of less than 1000 miles would be entirely electric in 15 years.
These aircraft have a very short flight range. Due to their lower overall speed and altitude, small aircraft like eCaravan have a lot less leeway. According to the FAA, “A rule of thumb for Cessna 152s and 172s is 1.5 nautical miles per 1,000 feet of altitude above ground level.”
The modified Cessna Caravan 208B weighs more than 3x, but that weigh will only make it cover the glide distance much faster. At a cruising altitude of 4000 to 5000 feet, the aircraft’s glide distance would be 5 to 6 miles. The eCaravan can cover 100 miles at the cruising speed of 214 miles per hour.
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