Seaplane to ePlane: Flight Test Confirmed


UPDATE: Due to the rapidly changing weather, we have decided to bring the first flight forward by one day. The world’s first all-electric commercial aircraft will now take off on Tuesday, December 10th from our Richmond (YVR South) location at 8:30am*.

Join us in making history. World’s first fully-electric commercial aircraft: Dec 2019

We are thrilled to announce, following the successful installation and testing of the magniX propulsion system, our incredible maintenance team along with our partners have reached the next level of critical milestones.

Harbour Air and magniX will unveil the world’s first Beaver seaplane retrofitted with a 750 horsepower all-electric magni500 propulsion system for the inaugural test flight on Tuesday, December 10*. The prototype will take flight from our Richmond (YVR South) location. Please see below for a highlight of the work and efforts completed to date as well as next steps to take us to this pivotal moment in aviation history.

As of November 28 the following has been completed:

  • All batteries installed
  • BMU (Battery Management Unit) Installed
  • All systems connected and tested
  • Power turned on and static testing completed
  • Turned propeller using only battery power
  • Full power ground test runs done
  • Wings installed and flight controls rigged

Next Steps:

  • Continue system checks and testing
  • Crew preparations
  • Test flight permits signed

*Please note: based on the permitting issued by Transport Canada, this flight test is weather-dependent, as such timing of the flight is subject to change.

Read more about our ePlane project in the media:

A Zero-Emission Seaplane Prepares for Takeoff
Canada’s Harbour Air will test-fly a prototype electric aircraft in December.
Bloomberg Businessweek
November 15, 2019

Electric Avenue: Behind Harbour Air’s bid to become the world’s first fossil fuel-free airline
BC Business
November 14, 2019



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