By Chris Stonor
Electra Aero unveiled this week its first commercial product to serve regional air mobility markets, reports a company press release.
This hybrid-electric aircraft is designed to carry up to seven passengers and a pilot as far as 500 miles while operating out of areas shorter than a soccer field, including rooftops and parking lots. Electra’s “blown lift” technology – where the electric motor-driven propellers blow air over the entire span of the wing and its flaps – allows safe, energy-efficient take-off and landings at speeds below 30 mph while cruising at high-speeds of 200 mph.
Electra’s aircraft has a wingspan of 48 ft and carries up to seven passengers plus a pilot. It has eight propellers driven by a hybrid-electric powerplant.
This turbo-generator means the craft does not need to rely on special charging infrastructure as the batteries are recharged mid-air and uses much less power to lift off than vertical take-off and landing alternatives. The craft also provides more room for passengers and cargo, resulting in superior operating economics while also minimising energy consumption. The aircraft is planned to enter commercial service by 2027.
Electra was founded last year and specialises in sustainable regional air mobility through the development of hybrid-electric aircraft. The company’s commercial product is planned to be certified in 2026 under Part 23 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
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