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Elfly Group Presents All-electric Seaplane Design ‘Noemi”

Our Bureau - : Jun 15, 2023 - : 12:15 am

Norway’s Elfly Group unveiled the new design of its pure, all-electric commercial seaplane, dubbed NoEmi (for No Emission) in Oslo on Wednesday. The prototype (non-passenger version) of NoEmi is being readied for flight in 2025.

A 100-strong audience, comprising international industry guests, stakeholders; members of the Innovation Research Group SINTEF, municipalities and media, experienced a full-scale cabin virtual reality (VR) tour of this innovative amphibious aircraft (EG1A).

Noemi is being designed for flexible mobility in Norway with a design inspired by a boat, whose hull will enable the aircraft to take off using little power. Elfly is being designed for 200km air journeys, flying at up to 250kmh speed, from 2030. The seaplane, with a non-pressurised cabin, will be powered by two electric motors with up to 1MW combined output.

Elfly’s design is part of a research project, funded by private investors and the Research Council of Norway (RCN).

The group is working to obtain certification for its EG1A test vehicle to CS23 Level 4, which will enable the aircraft to evolve up to a 19-seat seaplane. Noemi, however, is being offered in three cabin layouts. First and foremost, as a business/executive cabin with nine seats, plus luggage; complemented by a VIP layout with six seats, wherein the whole aircraft could be chartered. A tourist pleasure flight model with 13 seats, minus baggage, will also be offered. A cargo version is also planned, plus a medevac version.

Unlike other electric aircraft developers, Elfly intends to pursue an operator’s certificate and bring the first aircraft into service, initially connecting the fjords of Norway. The desire is to have the first 15 seaplanes flying along the west coast of Norway by 2030. “Thereafter, we could expand into other short hop markets, considering that 80% of the world’s population live by the sea,” said Eric Lithun, CEO of Elfly.

The Noemi is a modern-day amphibious aircraft with lithium batteries and an electric engine, inspired by the venerable de Havilland Twin Otter and Grumman’s Mallard – “two great flying machines,” added Lithun. Noemi will feature a large cargo door and its cabin will be fully accessible for wheelchair users.

With the world focused on sustainability and the environment, Norway has pledged to be all-electric in 2040.


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