Zero-emission seaglider set to transform travel

Friday 23 Sep 2022

US aerospace manufacturer Regent has successfully flown its prototype seaglider.

A far cry from all things forestry but for the technology folk out there, thought you’d enjoy this story.

A prototype of the zero-emission “seaglider” touted as having the potential to transform travel around New Zealand has completed its first maiden flight. Part plane, part ferry and part hydrofoil, the fully electric seagliders travel at high speed just above the water’s surface.

Ocean Flyer, a business founded by former banker and Air Napier owner Shah Aslam and former New Zealand Air Force chief John Hamilton, signed a NZ$700 milion deal in April to bring 25 seagliders to New Zealand.

Designed to carry up to 100 passengers at speeds of up to 540km an hour, they will be used to fly people between cities and towns for a fraction of the cost of a typical airline ticket. It is estimated fares between Whangārei and Auckland could be as little as NZ$30 or Christchurch and Wellington from NZ$60.

Aslam said the seagliders could help the Government reach its otherwise “hard to achieve” goal of ensuring New Zealand is carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Source: Stuff

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