Beta Technologies' electric aircraft completes cross-border flight

Oct. 2, 2023
The trip from Plattsburgh, New York, to Montreal marks another step toward certification, Jonathan Welsh reports for Flying.

MONTREAL - Beta Technologies, an aerospace company based in South Burlington, Vermont, said it has completed the first flight of a fully-electric aircraft into Montréal. The company landed its battery-powered Alia eCTOL, an electric conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (CYUL) on September 27. The 30-minute flight began at Beta’s flight test center at Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG) in New York, and covered 55 nm, Jonathan Welsh reports for Flying.  Continue reading original article.

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2 October 2023 -“Beta’s technological and operational achievement of successfully completing the all-electric binational flight from Plattsburgh, New York, to Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, marks a major turning point for the entire industry, the region and the aerospace sector in Quebec,” said Mélanie Lussier, president of Aéro Montréal, and one of a group of industry leaders present for the electric aircraft’s arrival. “This major first demonstrates the industry’s commitment to sustainable mobility, and the fruit of collaborative innovation to redefine, create and commercialize an entirely new response for the aviation sector.”

“It’s exciting to have this opportunity to fly our all-electric aircraft into one of the busiest airports in one of the top aerospace capitals of the world. Our aircraft design is being developed by a collaborative, cross-border team of talented engineers, many of whom are based right here at our growing hub in Montréal,” said Kyle Clark, Beta’s founder and CEO “ Quebec’s focus on sustainability and carbon neutrality matches ours at Beta, and we are grateful for the support of our partners in the region, like ICAO, AéroMontréal, the airport, and the delegation.”

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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