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Elec­tric Ze­nair; Sky­hawk JT-A ap­proved; Bel­gium Per­mit rule relaxation; air race up­date and much more

Cana­dian com­pa­nies So­lar Ship and Ze­nair are col­lab­o­rat­ing on con­ver­sion of Ze­nair’s STOL CH750 into an elec­tric bush­plane. The new air­craft will be recharged by ei­ther a bat­tery swap or elec­tric ve­hi­cle recharg­ers, will not use any fos­sil fuel and will be avail­able as wheeled, float­plane or am­phibi­ous vari­ants.

The project is part of the com­pa­nies’ part­ner­ship that be­gan in 2011 when Ze­nair de­vel­oped the fuse­lage for So­lar Ship’s Zen­ship 11, a hy­brid air­craft able to take off and land from a short, foot­ball pitch­length field to de­liver crit­i­cal cargo for dis­as­ter re­lief.

“We have been work­ing with Ze­nair to en­sure we could de­liver the right power, weight and re­li­a­bil­ity for their air­craft,” said So­lar Ship Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Jay God­sall. “We love what Ze­nair has done to im­prove the STOL CH750 and we now have a per­fect elec­tric propul­sion sys­tem for that air­craft. The new elec­tric bush plane will be com­ple­mented by a net­work of low-cost so­lar pow­ered hangars able to pro­vide bat­tery swap sta­tions in re­mote ar­eas. Once you buy this air­craft you break free from the shack­les of oil, and you never need to re­fuel again. It is com­plete self-re­liance.”

Proven STOL CH750 will be the ba­sis of the joint-ven­ture elec­tric bush­plane

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