BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
KOLKATA, 30 SEPTEMBER 2022
The first trial run of ‘Alice’, the wonder aircraft flew successfully at the skies of lake in Washington in the United States of America (USA).
Alice is the world’s first completely electric engine run aircraft manufactured by Israeli company Eviation Aircraft.
The prototype of the world’s first all electric engine aircraft flew at a height of 3500 feet and landed safely after eight minutes.
An elated Mr. Gregory Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eviation Aircraft said, “ People now know what affordable , clean and sustainable aviation looks and sounds like for the first time in a fixed wing, all electric aircraft. This ground making milestone will lead innovation in sustainable air travel, and shape both passenger and cargo travel in the future.”
According to a press communique released by Eviation Aircraft, Alice will have zero carbon emissions, lesser noise and costs a fraction to operate per flight hour compared with the existing light jet engines and high end turboprop engines.
Nine passengers and two pilots can be accomodated in Alice.
In the past fifty years in the history of the global aviation sector such technological advances have not taken place and that’s why the name of the aircraft has been coined from the famous novel Alice in the Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
There will be three variants of Alice : two passenger and one cargo aircraft.
The construction incorporates 95 percent composite material , is powered by twin aft mounted electric motors, a T – tail and a tricycle landing gear.
The prototype at the June 2019 Paris Air Show featured a single pusher propeller and twin wingtip motors, a V – tail and a taildragger landing gear.
Taxi testing of the first production model began in December 2021 at Arlington Municipal Airport in north of Seattle. In June 2022 it has announced that the prototype Alice was being moved to Moses Lake in Washington State. The aircraft has its first flight on 27 September 2022.
Already two American airlines operators have ordered 150 Alice aircrfts. The company hopes to start deliveries of all electric battery powered aircraft, Alice from 2026 and it is set to be a game changer in the short haul regional airlines sector, experts said.
People have already started comparing it with Elon Musk’s Tesla and only time will tell whether it can truly become the Tesla of the sky.