Ampaire Flies Hybrid-Electric Testbed U.S. startup Ampaire has begun flight tests of a testbed for its electric propulsion conversion for regional aircraft. Unveiled publicly June 5 in Camarillo, California, the modified Cessna 337 Skymaster made its first flight on May 23. The twin-boom Cessna Skymaster has a “push-pull” configuration with Continental IO-360 piston engines mounted fore and aft in the fuselage. In the Ampaire 337, the rear engine is replaced with an electric ...

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