The Los Angeles-based ampaer has now provided an order for up to 100 hybrid electric personal flights from the PACS, of which 50 aircraft are an option.
The planes have to start a pilot test in the special part of California, before PAKS plans to expand its business.
– The prototype for the traffic of Ampaires Electric EEL is now in the air and works perfectly. We look forward to the operators being able to take part in the pleasure of flying electrically, "said Kevin Noerker from Ampair in a press release.
Ampaire has invested in a step-by-step model where they have initially begun to convert existing Cessna 337 aircraft to hybrid aircraft that can be powered by a battery or a traditional aircraft engine.
The company also has a new model drawing board called Ampaire Tailwind. Here is an entire electric plane that they think should have enough space to fly from California to Hawaii.
You will compete with the private car
PAX, which ordered the plane, is a company that connects customers with charter aircraft operators, a kind of Uber solution in the air. The company believes that new hybrid aircraft will allow them to offer flights to a price equivalent to one dollar per site per US mile.
This corresponds to just over NOK 5 per mile with the dollar exchange rate today.
– At this price level, PAKS flights on regional trips will be a real alternative to driving, says PAKS head Mike Azarello in an interview with Aviation International.
Although the Ampaire entrepreneurial company is located in California, the company has a small piece of Norway with them.
Ampaire was one of the ten selected entrepreneurial companies that were selected among the applicants around the world to come to Norway last autumn to participate in the Techstars Energy gas program.
Through the Techstars Energy program, they entered the Kongsberg Group, Equinor, and McKinsey and worked intensively in the acceleration program.
– It's incredible to follow the impressive advancement of Ampair. Since the first time I met Ampaer in New Orleans in 2017, the team did not stop impressing me. I'm pretty sure that it does not stop now, and I'm looking forward to flying electrically with Ampaire someday, says Audoun Avels, director of Techstars Energy.
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Race with the finish line
E24 mentioned several initiatives that are now taking place over aviation's aviation.
Although few people think that we will see large-scale electrification until at least a decade or two is over, it's not so many years for industry operators to think that fewer electric planes will come into traffic.
Last year, Avinor got an electric flier that they bought for test flights, while Norwegian OSM aviation recently awarded an order for 60 electric aircraft in the US Bye Aerospace.
Elfi AS, headquartered in Bergen, delivered orders for 18 aircraft from the same manufacturer, and during the show in Paris, Vidroe was also present.
The Norwegian airline is currently on an electric flight in order to be able to replace today's aging propeller aircraft for about 10 years with an electric plane.
Ampaire does not save money on the company's website. They write that "while others are in the development phase, we are already in the air," and at the same time they claim to get their plane "years before the game."
Ampair aims to get an electric EEL aircraft certified in 2021, but then it's a hybrid plane.
On the other hand, the Bye Aerospace competitor, which Norwegian OSM and Elfly commissioned, claim to have the goal of obtaining the first full electric plane certified by the US Civil Aviation Authority. FAA and OSM have to deliver the first aircraft in late 2021.
Who can name himself with the first certified and approved electric plane in the world will show time.