AeroTEC and Eviation Aircraft announced on June 18, 2019 at the Paris Air Show that the Moses Lake Flight Testing Center will be testing the new all electric plane “Alice”. Eviation CEO is aiming to complete testing and be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by late 2021 or early 2022.
The Alice plane maximum weight at take off is 14,000 pounds of which, 59% will be from the batteries. The Alice will have a flight range of 650 miles at 276 miles per hour and 10,000 feet altitude.
Another Washington State business, magniX plans to provide one of two electric propulsion options for the nine-passenger plane. Both options for the propulsion have not been certified by the FAA.
AeroTEC will also be working with magniX to test the 750 horsepower magni500 all-electric propulsion system on a Cessna Caravan 208B. The companies are projecting that certification on the propulsion system to start by the end of 2019.
The companies are working to reduce operating costs, make air travel more affordable and connect communities with electric aviation for passengers and communities within a 1,000 mile radius to create new opportunities for the movement of people and goods.