“Like a golf cart”: an electric plane managed to complete a 2,200 km tour in the United States

The BETA Technologies company is driving important technological advances that, in the long term, will contribute to reducing pollution and the hig

The BETA Technologies company is driving important technological advances that, in the long term, will contribute to reducing pollution and the high costs of air travel. In recent years, emphasis has been concern about how the millions of flights around the world contribute to the greenhouse effectmainly due to the production of carbon dioxide as a result of the combustion of kerosene.

However, as it is a difficult fuel to replace, one of the alternatives is the replacement by electric aircraft. A transition that will not happen overnight, but there are already companies doing tests to demonstrate its viability. This specifically does not focus on the transport of people but on the transfer of goods.

An electric plane completed a journey of more than two thousand kilometers in US territory

The plane developed by BETA and called ALIA is the greatest pride of the aerospace manufacturer. He recently completed a tour that, according to one of the specialists involved in the tests, had not been seen before. It was a mission with eight stops to recharge throughout six states in the United States.

The aircraft’s mission, which requires a 30-minute charge to complete its cycle, took off at New York’s Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG) on May 23 and landed on May 30 at Arkansas Bentonville Municipal Airport. The plane spent a total of 11 hours, 44 minutes in the air to complete the run.

The ALIA aircraft, developed over three years by BETA Technologies, was manned by members of the United States Air ForceBeta Technologies-Facebook – Beta Technologies-Facebook

“I think that with this type of flight, at a very high level, we change the image of what electric aviation is”said Beta founder and CEO Kyle Clark. In addition, he stressed that the test marked a historic moment for aviation because it was carried out under normal flight conditions and was not limited to an unpopulated experience. The main challenge? Demonstrate the ability to transport cargo over 2,200 kilometers.

This is not the first time that the experimental aircraft has faced a high-level test. In March, it was manned by two United States Air Force pilots; Jonathan Appleby and George Griffiths, who have experience in this type of flight, were in charge. The mission was the closing of a collaboration between Beta and this military service branch to “develop and refine the ALIA aircraft with the goal of making electric aviation a reality,” according to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

“If you drive an electric car or even a golf cart on a golf course, as soon as you step on the gas they have instant response. It’s exactly the same with this, we can go from 0 to 100 instant power”, Griffiths thus defined the experience in relation to the responsiveness of the aircraft. The Air Force Research Laboratory pointed out that the development of ALIA has been a three-year joint effort that guarantees zero operational emissions.

For his part, Kyle Clark thanked the pilots for their willingness, who received specialized training to make it possible: “This flight represents an important milestone, providing the opportunity for a clean future for our nation’s armed forces and a path to independence from fossil fuels.”