FBO/Handler (Elmira Corning Regional / Elmira)
FBO/Handler (Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International / Birmingham)
FBO/Handler (Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International / Jackson)
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US FBO operator Atlantic Aviation is to install Beta Technologies's electric charging stations at several of its airport locations across the East and Gulf Coasts. The two have already installed one multimodal, interoperable charger at Elmira/Corning Regional airport in New York state and have signed host site agreements (HSAs) for three additional locations, with more sites in the works.
Beta's chargers are designed to be multimodal and interoperable. They utilise a standard that is compatible with Beta's own all-electric Alia aircraft and those of other top OEMs, as well as with electric ground vehicles, offering a single solution for ground and air-based electric transportation alike. As airports and the broader transportation sector continue to transition to electric and sustainable alternatives, this technology provides an important foundation for integrated operations.
"We are thrilled to work with Beta as we look to innovate in the aviation infrastructure space and expand the availability of electric aircraft charging for the market," says Atlantic chief commercial and sustainability officer John Redcay. "We are focused on a technology-agnostic approach to electrification and new aviation technologies and see Beta's chargers as a key piece of that story."
"As a premier FBO company, Atlantic Aviation has a strong pulse on the needs of the market and a long history of innovating to meet demand," adds Beta head of charge network development Nate Ward. "Over the past several years, Beta has been focused on deploying a reliable, well-distributed network of fast chargers to enable the entire advanced air mobility industry, and we are aligned with the team at Atlantic on our mission. This collaboration represents an important step in growing a network across North America, and we look forward to working together to bring this vision to fruition."
The parties have infrastructure in the ground or HSAs in place for Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International airport in Alabama; Elmira/Corning Regional airport; Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International airport in Mississippi; and Westfield-Barnes Regional airport in Massachusetts, and are actively working with additional airport authorities to continue their collaborative expansion. These Atlantic sites will join Beta's growing network of charging stations across the US. The company has brought its multimodal and interoperable chargers online at 17 locations, with another 55 sites in the permitting or construction process.
Atlantic and Beta have also developed a model approach for the industry. With this agreement, they have created a template for FBO/OEM relationships that will expedite the execution of HSAs moving forward, allowing for expanded infrastructure implementation as the industry readies itself for projected 2025 AAM operations.
The existing network, which spans from Vermont to Arkansas and Florida, includes the Department of Defense's first-ever electric aircraft charger installed at Duke Field, Eglin Air Force Base, where Beta's Alia aircraft was deployed for several months. Many of these sites have been tested first-hand by Beta's all-electric Alia aircraft as it has travelled from Burlington, Vermont to Bentonville, Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky and Eglin, Florida, respectively.