A hybrid plane managed to make a 12-hour flight

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Inspenet, December 21, 2023.

Ampaire , the US electric aircraft developer, has successfully completed a 12-hour continuous flight with its hybrid demonstration aircraft . The feat took place on December 10, 2023 in Camarillo, California, using the company’s EEL aircraft and exceeding expectations with more than two hours of fuel and battery reserve.

Kevin Noertker, CEO of Ampaire, commented: ” With this innovative mission, Ampaire has challenged the conventional limits of electrified flight, highlighting our constant pursuit of transformative vehicle performance and commercial viability .”

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Our hybrid-electric solutions deliver unparalleled operating economics and unlock resilience and operational flexibility critical to our customers’ needs ,” he added.

It should be noted that the endurance flight marks the close of a year of tests and demonstrations throughout Canada, Alaska, Arizona and California. The EEL demonstrator aircraft has played a fundamental role as a test platform for the hybrid electric propulsion unit installed on the Ampaire Eco Caravan.

According to the company, this configuration reduces fuel consumption and emissions by up to 70% compared to conventional turboprop engines.

Founded in 2016, Ampaire conducted the first test flight of its Electric EEL technology aircraft in 2019. Additionally, the company highlights another achievement by claiming the record for the longest flight for a hybrid electric aircraft, covering 1,135 miles en route from Los Angeles to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Source: aerospacetestinginternational.com

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