The launch comes at a time where the industry is looking for more environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions to conventional fuel.

According to its creator, Israeli firm Eviation; the Alice Commuter is ‘Designed to take 9 passengers up to 650 miles at a cruise speed of 240 knots. Alice will redefine regional transportation as an all-electric aircraft’.

Speaking to the BBC recently Eviation’s Chief Executive Omer Bar-Yohay explained the aircraft’s unconventional design:

“This plane looks like this not because we wanted to build a cool plane, but because it is electric,”

“You build a craft around your propulsion system. Electric means we can have lightweight motors; it allows us to open up the design space.”

What did Penny Hydraulics Do?

Penny Hydraulics were approached by Barrett Aerospace who had been commissioned to build the tail section of the aircraft. Barrett Aerospace who are based in Singapore asked us to project manager some machining work that they were having difficulty sourcing in the Far East.

CEO Laurence Barrett spoke of his experience using Penny Hydraulics:

“Penny Hydraulics Ltd were engaged at a very critical and time-constrained period of our project, to help us to manufacture all the metalwork components needed for our wedge-tail assembly design (or empennage) for a new 100% electric aircraft called “ALICE”. This is the world’s first commercial electric aircraft and it was unveiled to the world at the Paris Air Show on 17th June 2019.

This aircraft contained the metalwork components supplied by Penny Hydraulics and their partners Tybro. The high precision of their products made the final assembly exceptionally straightforward and hence Barrett Aerospace PTE. LTD. would highly recommend working with this company.”

With ‘double-digit’ orders placed for the Alice Commuter, there is a real hope that it can help to shape the future of air travel. Penny Hydraulics are proud to have been a part of the project.

Accreditations

SMMT - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

SMMT

Approved Converters - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Nissan Approved Converter

Allmi - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Allmi

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ISO 14001:2015

Altius Assured Award - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Altius Assured Award

UVDB Qualified - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

UVDB Qualified

Altius Elite Vendor - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Altius Elite Vendor

LEEA Development Member - Penny Hydraulics

LEEA Development Member

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018 - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

1000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2018

Cyber Essentials - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Cyber Essentials

Ford QVM - Penny Hydraulics

Ford Pro Convertor

Renault Approved Converter - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Renault Approved Converter

SIBA – The Society OF Independent Brewers - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

SIBA – The Society OF Independent Brewers

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management

EN1090 - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

EN1090

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Fit 4 Nuclear

CSCS - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

CSCS

NDA Supply Chain Charter - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

NDA Supply Chain Charter

VW CV - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

VW CV

Safe Contractor - Penny Hydraulics Ltd

Safe Contractor

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