Harbour Air, a seaplane company operating in Canada, was able to make its first commercial flight by electric aircraft. Commercial flights, which are started with test flights, are of great importance for the future of electric-powered aircraft. In today’s commercial flights, the environmental damage and carbon emissions of aircraft engines are substantial. In the near future, the proliferation of electric-powered aircraft and greater use in commercial flights will be on the agenda. Flights by Harbour Air are one of the first steps in this new trend.
Harbour Air is cooperating with magniX, an Australian-based electric-powered aircraft company. The 6-person Canadian DHC-2 also uses a modified private aircraft on the Havilland Beaver aircraft. Normally, this classic propeller-powered aircraft has been redesigned to use the magni500 electric motor developed by magniX. This engine can produce 750 horsepower (560kW) and is enough to ventilate and fly the aircraft. This special electric motor was announced at the Paris Air Show in the summer of this year and attracted a lot of attention.
The plane took off from the Fraser river in Richmond, successfully launched the water after its successful flight and raised hopes for the future of electric aircraft engines. As shown in the first flight video you can watch from below, the noise of electric-powered planes is almost nonexistent compared to today’s motorized aircraft, and it’s also more environmentally friendly.
Greg McDougall,founder and CEO of Harbour Air, was also on the plane as the pilot who made the historic flight. In his opinion, this innovation will change the aviation and seaplane sectors. Although the capacity of electric motors is limited for now, it is also likely in the future that the jet-fueled engines used in today’s commercial flights will be replaced by electric motors.