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Electric seaplanes?

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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