Seaplanes to ePlanes: A 2020 project update


While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our communities, businesses and operations, we remain optimistic and focused on the future.

As part of our vision, we’ve always believed in doing the right thing for our people, our communities and for our environment. 2020 may be off to a challenging start, but it has also highlighted incredible resiliency, adaptability and innovation. For us, that means focusing on meaningful projects that will have a positive impact for generations.

After the successful first flight of our ePlane this past December our incredible maintenance team along with our partners at magniX have continued to forge ahead with the certification process. Working closely with the federal and provincial governments, we are thrilled to have completed additional test flights of the ePlane and proven enhanced range performance.

As of April 20, 2020, the following work has been completed:

  • Successful first flight: December 10, 2019
  • Additional flight tests
  • System upgrades
  • Initial data analysis suggests extended range
  • Friday, April 17: Flight Test Plan approval for the take-off, cruise and extended range performance testing
  • Monday, April 20: First flight under new extended permit

Next Steps:

With the Flight Test Plan approval, over the next thirty days our team will continue to perform ePlane test flights as part of the ongoing certification process. Stay tuned as we are getting to the fun part and will be able to provide more performance updates soon.



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