The first flight by eCaravan, the electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B plane
Another milestone towards the air transport of the future - VIDEO and GALLERY
Magnix, an American company specializing in the production of electric aircraft engines, successfully carried out a test yesterday, flying the fully electric variant of a Cessna Grand Caravan 208B powered by a 750 hp Magni500. The pioneering event took place at the AeroTec Flight Test Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington, USA. A strong boost to the philosophy of the electric aviation of the future as it has been tested what is currently the largest fully electric commercial passenger transport aircraft in the world.
The Grand Caravan 208B is in fact an increased variant compared to the 208A "brother" (completely dedicated to the freighter, developed in collaboration with the freight forwarder Fedex that acquired 40 units), with a longer fuselage of 1.2 m. In the standard configuration of Textron Aviation, ie with 867 hp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine, the aircraft can board from 10 to 14 people. With the Magni500, on the other hand, it currently only accommodates 4-5 passengers on flights up to 100 miles, taking into account the need for energy reserves. Magnix and AeroTec are working on the certification of this configuration which should arrive by the end of 2021. At that point, Roei Ganzarski, CEO of Magnix, predicts that this technology he to continue to work on will be so advanced that the aircraft will be able to to operate flights of 100 miles with a load of nine passengers.
The "eCaravan 'took off from Grant County international airport and circled the field for about 30 minutes before landing. The test pilot described the maiden flight as' flawless'," Ganzarski said it. He called the flight "a real milestone for aviation" for short-haul regional commercial flights.
Below, the video:
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