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Ampaire Acquires Magpie Aviation

Electric Caravan Developer Snags Glider Company Ampaire Incorporated, the firm behind efforts to ‘electrify’ the Cessna 208 Caravan, has acquired Magpie Aviation Inc, another electric aviation developer. Magpie’s tech seems deceptively simple in the abstract, being based on “aerotowing”, the simple act of using a tow aircraft to extend the range of shorter-legged aircraft. They have planned to make the most of a battery-powered, fully electric tow aircraft that would provide motive force to a connected cargo or commuter aircraft using hybrid or electric power, adding much greater range and endurance to early marks of “sustainable” aircraft. Ampaire was quick to demonstrate the idea, hooking up an electric glider to their electric “Eco Caravan”.

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