MagniX working on electric power Caravan STC with Sydney Seaplanes
magniX, the company powering the electric aviation revolution, Sydney Seaplanes, the leading seaplane operator in Australia and Dante Aeronautical, a developer and integrator of electric and hybrid new aviation concepts in Australia and Spain, has announced their partnership to work toward the world’s first Electric Cessna Caravan Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) program. Powered by magniX’s propulsion system, Sydney Seaplanes and Dante Aeronautical will work toward a STC by converting the Cessna Caravan to be the first all-electric aircraft certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
“After more than a decade of flying thousands of passengers over stunning views around the Sydney Harbour, we’re delighted to take our next step into the future of flight,” said Sydney Seaplanes CEO Aaron Shaw. “As the only company that’s already powered and flown two all-electric magnified commercial aircrafts, magniX is the ideal partner to help us not only electrify our planes but build toward an electric future that benefits our travelers and the environment. This trilateral partnership means Sydney Seaplanes will play an integral role in certifying, adopting and distributing nil emission aviation services and technology.”
The STC is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023 at which point Sydney Seaplanes will be able to offer the STC as a service to other Caravan operators in the region. The partnership will position Sydney Seaplanes as the prime leader in electric aircraft operation and magnification, with Dante as the technology integrator of reference, in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region.
“This is another terrific milestone for the electric aviation revolution and one that magniX is thrilled to be a part of as the industry continues to innovate,” said magniX CEO Roei Ganzarski. “Expanding with STC partners globally on more and more aircraft platforms means more sustainable air travel brought to market and to the masses. And for operators, the all-electric aircraft provides the benefits of clean, cost-effective aviation.”
This partnership comes on the heels of spectacular momentum in the electric aviation industry within the last year. In Dec. of 2019, magniX flew the world’s first commercial all-electric aircraft, the eBeaver, a six-passenger DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver with North American seaplane operator Harbour Air. In May, magniX successfully flew the largest all-electric commercial aircraft, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan and in Sept. Universal Hydrogen announced its selection of magniX as the propulsion provider for their Hydrogen-based Dash-8 conversion program. Separate from magnifications of existing aircraft, magniX is also the provider of propulsion for Eviation’s Alice, the world’s first by design all-electric commuter aircraft.