The world's first electric commercial aircraft completed a 15-minute test flight over Vancouver, Canada. This is a modification of the DHC-2 De Havilland Beaver seaplane, created 62 years ago.
The new version of the aircraft is powered by an electric motor developed by engineering firm MagniX (Seattle) in conjunction with Harbor Air, which transports up to half a million passengers a year between Vancouver, the Canadian ski resort of Whistler, nearby islands and coastal communities.
The DHC-2 test flight was attended by the pilot and simultaneously the founder and CEO of Harbor Air, Greg McDougal, along with six passengers. From the ground, about a hundred observers watched the flight, which lasted 15 minutes. As Magdugal reported after the successful completion of the flight:
“Our goal is to actually electrify our entire air fleet. There is no reason not to. "
However, before the "electrification" of the Harbor Air fleet begins, it may take at least two years, during which electric aircraft must prove their reliability and safety during tests.
Civil aviation is one of the fastest growing "suppliers" of CO 2 emissions into the atmosphere. According to the European Environment Agency, there is 285 grams of CO 2 per passenger for every kilometer of travel. These emissions contribute to further climate change with severe negative consequences.