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Vancouver (B.C.), Dec 10 (Canadian-Media): Fraser River in Vancouver, B.C. enjoyed a spectacular historic moment when Harbour Air founder and chief executive Greg McDougall was able to complete the Vancouver-based Harbour Air test flight of the world's first fully electric commercial aircraft on Tuesday morning, media reports said.
The joint partnership between Harbour Air and Seattle-based company MagniX resulted in the design the e-plane's propulsion system, which is powered by NASA-approved lithium-ion batteries that were also used on the International Space Station.
McDougall had taken off solo in the DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver float plane and after spending three minutes in the air over Richmond, B.C., he circled back and landed in front of about 120 gathered onlookers and media.
This is the first exercise after a two-year process to get the e-plane certified for commercial use.