Electric seaplanes could be this Canadian airline's ticket to ditching fossil fuels

Popular Science | 4/22/2019 | Staff
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Greg McDougall, the CEO of Harbour Air, started the airline in 1982. He had “a couple of airplanes, and big ideas,” he recalls. Its business at the time focused on “flying into logging camps,” and the like. Tourism arrived in the mid-80s—they began lifting people into distant fishing lodges—and now, it’s more of a regional airline that gets people where they need to go for everyday reasons. After all, taking a seaplane is faster than a ferry. “It’s become a part of the way of life of people in British Columbia,” he says.

The company is starting by converting one plane to electric propulsion, but if all goes well, it will do more. “We’re intending to be the first commercial operation of electric aircraft in the world,” McDougall says.

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To begin with, they’re going to add an electric motor made by a company called MagniX to one Beaver aircraft, which holds six passengers. Batteries will occupy the belly of the plane where fuel typically goes. Of course, batteries can’t propel a...
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