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EcoMax all-electric urban air mobility launch set for 2021

Kilowatt Aviation Press Release | September 27, 2020

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The EcoMax all-electric helicopter is based upon the Robinson R44 Raven II airframe, similar to the one from this 2016 test flight. Eco Helicopters Photo

Eco Helicopters (“Eco”) has announced the launch of EcoMax on-demand urban air mobility, commencing operations in the second quarter of 2021.

A program developed specifically for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Eco will utilize the all-electric, zero-emissions EcoMax helicopter. 

Ric Webb, chief executive officer of Eco, has participated in setting numerous world records as the program test pilot. 

“We are launching EcoMax urban air mobility to provide economical transportation, today,” said Webb. “Combining our direct booking app with the ultra-efficient, zero-emissions helicopter, we have changed the paradigm of air transportation. Based at multiple locations for ready departure, accessing EcoMax is as simple as ordering a land-based rideshare. Just tap and go.

“Electric-powered flight is the future of point-to-point commercial air travel. We are proud to provide environmentally friendly urban air mobility at affordable prices.” 

EcoMax will operate under the auspices of Eco’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Part 135 Air Carrier certificate.

Based upon the FAA certified and proven Robinson R-44 Raven II airframe, EcoMax will initially launch utilizing the helicopter’s existing powerplant. Eco will be upgrading to all-electric operation once FAA Supplemental Type Certification for the propulsion system is completed.

Partnering with the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, Eco is based in Palm Springs, California, and the company said it is looking forward to launching operations.

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