The prototype of the Israeli-American electric aircraft made its first flight

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 Israeli-American electric plane prototype makes first flight

The prototype all-electric aircraft made its first flight on the morning of September 27 in central Washington state.
The aircraft, called Alice, was created by the Israeli-American company Eviation.

The Seattle Times reports that if the FAA eventually certifies this small aircraft for passenger transport, it could become the first all-electric commercial aircraft.

The nine-passenger, two-pilot plane took off from Moses Lake, Washington, at 7:10 am on Tuesday.
The aircraft climbed to an altitude of 1,066 meters and landed in eight minutes.

Designed by engineers in Israel and Washington State, the aircraft is powered by 21,500 small Tesla batteries that weigh over 4 tons.

Founder of Eviation Omer Bar-Yochav says plane will usher in 'new era of aviation' in an interview with The Times of Israel last year.
“We have a product that is sustainable, it's economically sustainable because it's cheap to operate and maintain, and it's socially sustainable – it's the mode of transport that people want to use.” ;, said Bar-Yohai.

Electric propulsion and battery technology defines the “third age of aviation” when “we have the maturity of the elements and advanced materials, the social will and the financial capacity,” said Bar Yochai.

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