Polls & QuizzesPoll: Do You Think an Electric-Powered Beaver Can Succeed?By Editorial Staff - Published: December 14, 20191PrintEmailFacebookTwitterLinkedin Do You Think An Electric-Powered Beaver Can Succeed? Do You Think An Electric-Powered Beaver Can Succeed? Yes. It's inevitable. Only as a proof of concept. Not a chance. Electric aircraft should be purpose designed, not adapted. Δ
In the peculiar/particular case of Harbor Air, the electric Beaver stands a very reasonable chance of success.
They have to sacrifice a seat I would think, and they will with a full passenger load always be flying at near max. gross. The mass of the battery is a fixed amount, whereas a gasoline fuel load is ever decreasing in flight. They also do not have the option of flying with a reduced fuel mass to offset a potential over-gross condition. Their fuel load is fixed.
Do not hold your breath on a large scale turn to electric aircraft based on Harbor Air. As I said, electric power is peculiarly suited to Harbor Air’s operation.