The first flight is another critical step in the certification of the magni500 propulsion system, enabling future conversions of additional aircraft to magniX’s all-electric propulsion system.
"A battery isn't a battery when it is a supercapacitor," explains Thin Air Energy founder James Wiebe.
The Norwegian team is best known for introducing an electric seaplane in 2018.
While initially for commercial aviation, the research from these grants could make its way to general aviation.
Harbour Air intends to build the world's first completely electric commercial seaplane fleet.
Five other teams comes from the UK, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and Germany.
The world’s first electric race plane was unveiled on day one at the Dubai Airshow, showcasing custom modified technology built by one of the teams set to take part in the inaugural Air Race E event in 2020. “This is a pivotal moment not only for Air Race E, but for the aviation industry as […]
Batteries are improving in capabilities by about 5% each year.
"Electric aviation has the potential to transform society.”
Air Race E will follow a format similar to the popular Air Race 1 series of formula one air racing. Eight electric-powered airplanes will race directly against each other on a tight 5-km circuit, just 10 metres above the ground, and at speeds faster than any land-based motorsport.