Can we achieve liftoff of electric helicopter passenger service?
Danny Sitnam, the president and founder of Helijet says, “Yes we can. But …”
Among the many buts:
• An electrical power plant for helicopters still needs to be built.
• Batteries can carry enough of a charge to fly from Vancouver to Victoria, but the weight will eliminate a number of seats.
• Regulations need to change.
“These are challenges that we can address and overcome, no, will overcome,” Sitnam said.”
So it may still be years before you’ll be able to hop onto an electric helicopter for a quieter and low-carbon flight to Victoria, but those flights will be arriving.
Sitnam joined a Conversation That Matters about the process of flying in electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. Learn More about our guests career at careersthatmatter.ca
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