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Air Canada announced Thursday that it had ordered 30 ES-30 electric aircraft from Heart Aerospace. The plane can fly up to 124 miles in all-electric mode or up to 500 miles with capacity limitations. The Swedish manufacturer has garnered firm orders from United Airlines and Mesa Airlines. Scheduled to enter service in 2028, the plane is set to seat 30 passengers in a two-by-one configuration and fly up to 124 miles, or 200 kilometers, when in all-electric mode. The range can extend to 249 miles when the battery is supplemented by generators and 497 miles when the capacity is limited to 25 people, according to Air Canada.

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Another electric aircraft the Eviation Alice is set to make its first flight any day now...

https://www.futureflight.aero/news-article/2022-08-16/eviations-alice-electric-aircraft-still-track-first-test-flight-summer  Why they came up with such a bonkers initial configuration is intriguing.  

 

This aircraft is similar to a Beechcraft King Air 350 in MTOW and  passenger numbers (10). It has a 3700kg battery and similar engine/motor wieght as the turbine King Air. Carbon fiber is good, is it that good? We shall wait and see. 

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9 hours ago, onetrack said:

Why 2 pilots? I would've though the aircraft control and power management would be greatly simplified with electric power and increased automation.

One to run back with a fire extinguisher.

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Or to crank up the genset when the holding pattern got extended, because of congestion/crash/runway debris/you-name-it? There are still many obstacles to be overcome before electric aircraft become reality.

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