Eviation Partners with Hartzell Propeller for all-electric regional commuter aircraft

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By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 7, 2018 11:29

Eviation Partners with Hartzell Propeller for all-electric regional commuter aircraft

Eviation Aircraft, a global manufacturer of all-electric air mobility solutions, has selected Hartzell Propeller, a leader in advanced aircraft and airplane propeller design and manufacturing technology, as its development partner for Eviation’s debut aircraft, the all-electric Alice. Under the terms of the development partnership, Hartzell Propeller will provide customized and optimized propellers and support systems for the Alice.

Founded in Tel Aviv in 2015, Eviation is led by an accomplished team of aviation and technology leaders from companies such as Phinergy and the Israel Defense Forces. In 2017 at the Paris Airshow in Le Bourgèt, Eviation revealed its plans for the aviation sector’s first all-electric aircraft, the Alice. Initially targeting regional commuter routes in the US, Eviation will provide battery-powered fleets to regional carriers in the U.S, with a value proposition that can reduce carrier opex by up to 70 percent.

“Eviation’s new regional commuter aircraft provides an exciting opportunity to be a part of the next generation in aircraft powered by electricity,” said Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown. “And it is another example of manufacturers utilizing our expertise in supplying propeller systems designed to optimize performance specifically for their aircraft and mission profile.

With development support from Hartzell Propeller, the Alice will be equipped with an innovative system of new propellers, designed to meet the unique needs of the first-in-kind aircraft. The design and manufacture of the propeller systems are already underway at Hartzell’s headquarters in Piqua, Ohio, and will utilize Hartzell’s five-blade carbon fiber blades and bantam hub series to provide the optimal combination of reduced weight and maximum performance.

Each of the propellers in the three-unit ship set will be approximately 65 inches in diameter and feature carbon fiber blades with nickel cobalt leading edges, certified for unlimited life. The structural composite propellers will be integrated with Eviation’s proprietary technology advances, including: thermal management and autonomous landing, distributed electric propulsion, and cutting-edge composite body frames capable of carrying up to 9 passengers on a single charge for 650 miles.

“Hartzell is an industry icon in aviation for its innovative propeller designs. It is largely responsible for the two precursors to our battery-power engine – the turboprop propeller and the piston-engine, so we welcome them as a valued partner as together we chart this new era of electric aviation,” said Omer Bar-Yohay, CEO of Eviation.

victoria@aviationnews-online.com
By victoria@aviationnews-online.com November 7, 2018 11:29