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Hybrid-electric plane conducts first flight in Hawaii – Honolulu, Hawaii

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For the first time, a hybrid electric plane flew over Maui along an actual air route. Ampaire Inc, a Los Angeles-based company focused on electrical aviation made its first 20-minute demonstration flight on a single, hybrid electric plane, Electric EEL, from Kahului Airport on Maui to Hana on November 22nd. (eminetra.com) More...

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DKurtz
David Kurtz 5
It may be true for Hawaii, but the World's First actual flight for a totally Electrically-Powered Airplane was done ezactly one year ago today, by Canada's Harbour Air in Richmond, BC. Also unassisted by any auxiliary engine powered by aviation fuel to make it all actually achievable. GO CANADA!!! (Check it out on Google folks)
brianrush
Brian Rushfeldt 3
yes we are ahead !!!!
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 2
As a fellow Canadian I know about that first all electric flight. In this instance it was a hybrid aircraft, but the major point is that it was a flight between two actual airports following an actual air route.
DKurtz
David Kurtz 1
Excuse my misunderstanding... as I could have believed the conversational content emphasis of actually reducing the ongoing operating expense and pollution of Fossil Fuel usage.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
A video of the flight can be found here:

https://youtu.be/Q2WfGi6IDoQ
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 1
As of a few moments ago, the video has had only 25 views since December 8th. That seems incredibly low.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
That’s strange indeed. I know there are other videos available, I got my first look via a shorter version with French text from a Montréal newspaper. I then tried to find an English version, that’s the one I posted.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
The official press release is here:

https://fd46bca4-8fdb-4a60-bb5a-984ecb406747.filesusr.com/ugd/63e3b9_a86b919997d34a12a56727b0c110a651.pdf
linbb
linbb 0
So what? Still how much actual load can it handle? Thats the down side of electric airplanes batteries weigh too much, recharge time and flight time both are not reasonable. HO HUM the flying car still doesnt work either.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 3
Remember, money talks, and for this application, if the cost goes down as they claim, it makes sense.
ChristianBase
Christian Base 2
Oh, they're coming:
https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200617-the-largest-electric-plane-ever-to-fly
brianrush
Brian Rushfeldt 0
how much productive load capacity is lost due to massive battery weight?
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
As you may have read, this is a hybrid aircraft, thus the battery is not as massive as for an all electric aircraft.
brianrush
Brian Rushfeldt 1
but that is not the question - how much payload was lost ??? you don't know I assume.
wopri
Wolfgang Prigge 1
You could ask for the info at info@ampair.com

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