Maiden Flight for Alice
The Eviation Alice — a prototype, nine-passenger, all-electric aircraft — completed its maiden flight on Sept. 27. The flight occurred at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, and lasted eight minutes, during which the aircraft reached an altitude of 3,500 ft (1,066 m). The flight is the culmination of months of low-speed trials and ground testing and years of effort by the company to bring the Alice to fruition. “This is about changing the way that we fly,” Gregory Davis, president and CEO of Eviation, said after the flight. “It’s about connecting communities in a sustainable way, and we are obviously beaming with pride on this beautiful sunny day here at Moses Lake.” The company is aiming to conduct tests with a production prototype by 2025.
Meanwhile, on Sept. 15, GlobalX, a Miami, Florida-based operator of charter flights, said that it had signed a letter of intent to purchase 50 Alice aircraft, bringing total conditional orders for Alice to 212. The charter will use the aircraft for passenger routes to locations in Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The new German airline Evia Aero also placed an order for 25 aircraft in October.