I've lived around seaplanes all my life. At one point I spent a lot of time travelling up and down the coast in seaplanes, particularly Beavers. So I was very interested in this story about Harbour Air converting float planes to battery power.
The initial conversion of a Beaver will be intriguing. I'll be fascinated when they get to convert an Otter (a candidate for world's noisiest aircraft) to electricity. (I know Harbour Air has a number of them.)
I'll be wondering how well electric engines get along with salt water. Most of my flying time was at longer distances, so I'm curious about the half-hour range. (Although that's well within most of Harbour Air's scheduled flights.) I'll be interested in recharge time and reliability. (Harbour Air planes do tend to spend a lot of time sitting at the dock in the bay.) The complete changeover from turbine engine to electric infrastructure will be a non-trivial accomplishment.
But, if it works, it could be pretty great ...
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