Magnex ENCC and N. Hampton agree to retrofit ships with electric motors for blade flights around

Roii Ganzarski, CEO of MagniX. (GeekWire photo / Alan Boyle)

Everett, wash-based MagniX Under an agreement, Cessna will provide electric aircraft motors to the maritime area of ​​flight energy between Nantucket, Hampton and New York City. Announced Thursday

The nine-passenger Cessna caravan operated under the zero-emission motors blade brand name will re-profit at sea. If all goes according to plan, MagniX will start delivering motors for Cessnas in 20X2. The total number of aircraft to be converted will be determined later.

Blade calls itself a “technology-driven urban air mobility platform.” Passengers book their flights in a dedicated app, the driver picks them up at the door and takes them around the Greater New York area in a Blade helicopter or at the center of the ocean.

Its Hampton seaplane flights – resort communities on the east side of Long Island – are especially popular because they allow passengers to get out of New York City and leave off the gridlocked weekend traffic on the York Island Expressway. -pandemic) Crowd on the Island Island Railroad.

Those flights will be battery-powered, using Magnix motors, under the agreement.

Blade’s seaplane flight is operated by Lima Newland Co., which provides charter air services up and down the east coast from a base located in New Haven, Con. Lima will rebuild electric motors on its aircraft and acquire territorial rights to do so. In the future

This is the third agreement that Magnix has announced with Seaplane Airlines. Vancouver, BC-based Harbor Air was the first declared customer and partner in the 201 and performance flights. Magnix later announced an agreement with Sydney Seaplanes, Australia.

But bringing electric-powered planes to New York City will help showcase their value on the world’s largest stages, said Roy Ganjarski, chief executive of Magnix. “Blade and Lima are incredible proof points for bringing electric aviation to the largest city and most populous areas in the United States,” he said.

With zero emissions, electric-powered aircraft will be quieter and cheaper than their carbon-powered competitors, he said.

Back at Paget Sound, Magnix delivered the first electric motors for all electric Alice aircraft earlier this month. Ellis is assembled at its plant in Arlington, north of Everett, by Magnix’s sister company, Aviation.

The delivery of those motors is an important milestone for the Ellis program, the companies said, and it opens the door to Ellis’ first flight in the near term, designed to carry nine passengers for about 50,000 miles.

“After many successful flights and tests … we believe the system will inspire us to bring Alice to market,” said Aviation CEO Omar Bar-Yohay.

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