May 15, 2024 - Technology

๐Ÿ“ธ Spotted: Beta's electric airplane

Beta Technologies' ALIA electric aircraft at Albany International Airport on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

Beta Technologies' ALIA electric aircraft at Albany International Airport on May 14, 2024. Photo: Alex Fitzpatrick/Axios

I got an up-close look at Beta Technologies' ALIA electric aircraft at my home base in Albany yesterday โ€” including the chance to watch a takeoff, low approach and taxi.

  • It's got a space-age design and is impressively quiet for an aircraft of its size.

This version takes off, flies and lands like a conventional airplane, powered by an electrically driven pusher prop in the back.

  • But Vermont-based Beta is also making a VTOL โ€” that's "vertical takeoff and landing" โ€” variant.

The company is currently testing its aircraft on an experimental basis in hopes of full certification by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2025.

  • It's exploring commercial, cargo and military applications.

Go deeper: Meet Beta Technologies' new electric plane

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