New Zealand’s first passenger battery electric aircraft has taken flight from Christchurch.
Christchurch-based ElectricAir has brought the aircraft to the city to highlight zero exhaust-emission technology.
Launched at Christchurch International Airport on Friday, the plane will be used for trial flights, training and will be available for hire to qualified pilots.
The Pipistrel Alpha Electro can fly for an hour, plus half an hour reserve, which is the ideal duration for training flights.
Operators can recharge the aircraft, which will operate from both Christchurch and Rangiora, in under an hour, using a dedicated charger at Christchurch International Airport.
Along with the low-cost maintenance, the aircraft is about 70 per cent quieter than normal aircraft.
The project has been supported by a $40,000 grant from the Christchurch City Council Innovation and Sustainability Fund and a $19,000 grant from the Christchurch Agency for Energy Trust.
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Admire the specialised rest home, hospital and dementia centre within the village, and visit our 1, 2 and 3 bedroom independent show homes.
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