it is going to be developed with the help of Sea Harbour airline.
Electricity is right now not considered an appropriate replacement for petrol in the world of aircrafts just yet, but some changes are happening even in this field. After all, a while ago Slovenian company Pipistrel has introduced their first ultralight electric plane (intended for serial production) so while magniX may not be the first around there to make the first electric plane, they will definitely the first to introduce the first electric seaplane, much thanks to Harbour Air.
Harbour Air is a North American airline, founded in 2007 that is devoted to carbon neutrality from the very beginning so offering an electric airplanes is fairly reasonable move. They are thus a perfect partners of magniX, company that specializes in production of electric motors for airplanes. Together they will introduce world-first electric seaplanes, which are going to be used by a newly established branch of Harbour Air, Harbour Air.
Reasons for such move are quite obvious for MagniX CEO, Roei Ganzarski. “In 2018, 75 percent of worldwide airline flights were 1,000 miles or less in range. With magniX’s new propulsion systems coupled with emerging battery capabilities, we see tremendous potential for electric aviation to transform this heavily trafficked ‘middle mile’ range,” said Ganzarski, who is also quite excited by the new collaboration.
However, magniX will not provide entire planes, nor will the airline company, Harbour Air ditch existing planes. Instead they will provide DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver, a six-passenger single propeller plane, which will be then equipped with magniX’s most powerful electric motor, magni500, which is good for 560 kilowatts of power, has 93,8 percent efficiency and weighs only some 120 kilograms. First tests are planned to start later this year.